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2008-08-11 21:00:00

By JOHN REYNOLDS With unemployment locally at a nearly 20-year high, workers at Springfield-area food pantries say they are seeing a lot of first- time visitors walk through their doors. "The number of people seeking help has been gradually going up since last fall," said Janet Nelson, supervisor of the Catholic Charities' Holy Family Food Pantry. "Especially in the last four to five months, we've been noticing a lot more new individuals or families who have never been through our program....