Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.

Robert Laws collects supplies from the Tennessee food bank's mobile pantry. Pam Fessler hide caption

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Food Bank Shortages Lead To Innovation

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Steven White (right) helps serve dinner at the Salvation Army soup kitchen. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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A Squash's Journey: From The Shelf To The Hungry

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Diaries Reveal One 'Swelegant' Dad

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HUD Surprised Homeless Population Isn't Higher

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Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson, with son Khyber and daughter Amira, sit with students at the Gultori War refugee school in Pakistan. A 60 Minutes report questioned some of the stories Mortenson tells in the book and his charity's use of funds. Deidre Eitel/PR Newswire/AP hide caption

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Can You Know Where Charity Dollars Go? Not Easily

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said a warning will only be issued if there's specific information about a credible threat. Still, on Sunday night her department warned state and local law enforcement to be prepared for the possibility of an attack. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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U.S. Security Tightens, Despite No Specific Threat

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Ex-Congressman Fasts To Protest Budget Cuts

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In Some States, Working Poor Could Pay More Taxes

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Nonprofits Look For New Ways To Get People To Give

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Untangling Low-Income Budget Cut Claims

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Philip Doud and his girlfriend, Cathy Espong, sit in their new one-bedroom apartment. They both lost their jobs and were found living on a San Diego sidewalk during a survey of the city's homeless population last fall. The Department of Veterans Affairs helped move the couple into permanent housing as part of a campaign to end homelessness. Pam Fessler /NPR hide caption

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Campaign Aims To Open Doors For The Homeless

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The grand two-story lobby of the Times Square Building boasts marble floors and gold-trimmed ceilings. Common Ground redeveloped the once-dilapidated building into 652 units for low-income and formerly homeless tenants in 1991. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Ending Homelessness: A Model That Just Might Work

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David Ross, also known as Waterman Dave, hands out bottled water and energy drinks from his trunk in San Diego. The 75-year-old retiree has made it his mission to help the homeless — even if it's just with a hug or a kind word. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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For San Diego's Homeless, One Man Offers Hope

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) returns to his office from the House chamber after votes Feb. 18 on Capitol Hill. The House was debating the continuing resolution (HR 1) that contained Republican-proposed deep cuts in the budget. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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'Social Safety Net' Less Safe As Cuts Debated

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Anti-Poverty Groups Alarmed At Obama Budget

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