A food pantry launched as a way for students at a Greenwood alternative academy to do community service work has grown from a small operation to one helping thousands of residents.
The CARE Pantry opened in October 2009 and served about 137 families its first year. That number topped 300 this year.
Academy director Beth Bryant tells the Daily Journal that positive word of mouth has contributed to the rapid growth.
Senior Carly Carter says many Center Grove residents live in the shadows of more affluent families and that their need often is overlooked.
The pantry stays stocked with help from donation drives and contributions from Indianapolis food banks.
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