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GREENSBORO — One by one, the minivans and SUVs back up to loading bays at Backpack Beginnings’ headquarters in an industrial zone on the city’s western perimeter.

Parker White, director of the nonprofit food program, works with her team of volunteers to load each with bags and boxes for school-age children and their families.

Friday morning alone, 11,500 pounds, or 2,500 bags, of food left the building to be distributed at 32 schools in Guilford County, which serve as pickup spots for increasing numbers of hungry families.

And therein lies the challenge in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a challenge for White’s group and for other food pantries across the Triad:

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