Alex Williamson, 8, is one of 17 million children who live in U.S. households where getting enough food is a challenge. Sometimes it's hard for the poor to eat healthy because it costs more. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Eating Nutritiously A Struggle When Money Is Scarce

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Volunteers sorted through food last fall as they stocked shelves at the San Francisco Food Bank in California. As the U.S. continues to struggle through the recession and unemployment is at record highs, food banks are seeing an increased demand. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A Daily Fight To Find Food: One Family's Story

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Nga Thi Buscall, 60, slept on the streets of Washington, D.C., last winter. New numbers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development show that the number of homeless people actually dipped last year -- although more families were living on the street. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Homeless Numbers Dip, But More Families Suffer

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Hearing: Rig Manager Contradicts Chief Mechanic

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Oil Rig Mechanic: Managers Argued Before Blast

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Tempers Flare At Town Hall On Gulf Coast

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Amid Red Ink, Tax-Exempts Asked To Add To Coffers

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BP's McKay Taken To Task By Senate Panel

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Tax-Exempt Status Could Hinge On Filing Deadline

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Mixed Picture One Year After Serve America Act

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Nonprofits Find Social Media Present New Challenges

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Josh Mendoza bounced around 14 different group homes during his two years in foster care. Now 18, he has aged out of foster care and recently moved into his own apartment. Melissa Lyttle for NPR hide caption

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Report: Foster Kids Face Tough Times After Age 18

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Charities Spend Millions On Census Outreach

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Voting Machine Maker Ordered To Sell Some Assets

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