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Putnam County residents request record number of Christmas baskets

Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Food Pantry has released its statistics for 2013.

According to Judy Hopkins, a food pantry volunteer who prepared the statistics, the Christmas basket project had its biggest year ever, serving 159 families.

The Christmas basket program has been in existence for 26 years, she said.

But overall, fewer people were served this year than in 2012. A total of 611 different people, including adults and children, were helped by the food pantry in 2013. That number was slightly higher in 2012 when 629 different people received food from the pantry.

The statistics show that, when averaged out, families utilized the food pantry 5.2 times during the year, which was similar to 2012.

The total people fed during the year was 3,181, down just 10 from last year’s 3,191. This is the first decrease in years.

The number of total people served every year since the year 2000 is as follows: 1,624 in 2000; 1,675 in 2001; 1,837 in 2002; 2,181 in 2003; 2,076 in 2004; 1,935 in 2005; 2,165 in 2006; 2,246 in 2007; 2,343 in 2008; 2,712 in 2009; 3,033 in 2010; and 3,092 in 2011.

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