Nashoba Publishing, Posted: 11/23/2014 06:34:41 AM EST
By: Jon Bishop
DEVENS — The closing of Ayer’s Hannaford supermarket at the end of January, may hit Loaves and Fishes hard, said Patricia Stern, the pantry’s executive director.
Since the economic downturn, the food pantry has seen an increase in clients, which they’ve been able to manage thus far.
A large number of clients — 1,500 or so — come from Ayer and Shirley, and many of them are homeless, elderly, single parents, disabled, veterans or people who were laid off during the recession.