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River Falls Food Pantry helpers are all smiles when they're occupied with deliveries. Above, by the computer, Rick Pechacek, food pantry board president; Janna Carl, food pantry director; and Duayne Larson, a 20-year-volunteer worker. Larson has just brought up a cartful of goods from the front of Ezekiel Lutheran Church. Food donors can make dropoffs in a shopping cart near the entrance whenever church doors are open. Phil Pfuehler photo

Still going and busier than ever

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Statistics can glaze the eyes but the ones Rick Pechacek gives are eye openers.

When he started volunteering at the River Falls Food Pantry in 2005, an average of 150 families a month relied on free groceries to get by.

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Four years later the average number of families using the food pantry each month has nearly doubled. And the amount of food given to recipients has tripled.

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