Somali girls line up to receive a hot meal in Mogadishu last year after the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in decades, compounded by war, put millions in danger of starvation.
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September 6, 2012 As climate change brings more drought and flooding, food prices are expected to keep spiking. Such spikes affect the poor the most, but especially the poor in Africa and the Middle East, says a new Oxfam report.
September 5, 2012 A USDA report shows that 18 million households are struggling with the lingering effects of the recession. Particularly hard hit are households with children headed by single mothers who may be working but aren't earning enough to get by without assistance.
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In Oswego, N.Y., this summer, a child waited at a food distribution site.
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September 5, 2012 There was a slight increase in the number of households where lack of money or other resources made getting food difficult at times.
A caring circle in Wyoming.
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August 28, 2012 Circles Wyoming volunteers are matched with people who want to escape poverty. They then coach, role model and have fun with their "intentional" friends.
Tim Bair and Theresa Hamilton hoist a Giving the Basics banner.
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August 27, 2012 Giving The Basics provides people with toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products and other human-dignity necessities.
Rescued food waiting to be delivered.
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August 7, 2012 Volunteers collect tossed-out food — produce and packaged goods — from grocery stores, strap it to bikes and ride it to shelters, housing projects and at-risk community outlets.
Zaniyah sleeps while her mom shops at the Bread for the City boutique.
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August 5, 2012 Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday vulnerable D.C. residents can visit Bread for the City and get some clothing for themselves and their families.
People lend a hand to others at the Project Homeless Connection.
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August 3, 2012 Project Homeless Connect pulls together agencies and services to host an annual one-stop shop for people living on the street.
Afghan refugee Shafiq Mohammed, 9, and other children look for items of use on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in December.
April 22, 2012 Around the globe, waste can tell both an environmental and social story. Here are some reports of communities living in, among and off of others' trash.
Food stamps kept the carts rolling during the recession.
April 17, 2012 Food stamps helped buffer effects of the economic downturn for millions of families, a new report says. The benefit was particularly strong for children.
February 1, 2012 Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, his comment fits a growing narrative that he's wealthy and out of touch. If he wins the GOP nomination, it's a safe $10,000 bet that it will figure in Democratic ads this fall.
In the summer, Shirley and Ewald August grow blueberries at their Windsor Mill, Md., farm and sell at Baltimore farmers markets.
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January 19, 2012 Cities are getting into food policy as a means to make it easier for their residents to get healthy food. Funding is also an issue, with billions of USDA dollars flowing to food and health programs.
Some of the hundreds of the financially strapped who came to Wise, VA in 2009 for free dental and medical care.
September 13, 2011 While the latest numbers on poverty obviously reflect an unwelcome situation for the very real people represented by the data, it's also bad news for President Obama who faces re-election next year.
September 13, 2011 "There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009," the Census Bureau says. It's the "largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published."
October 19, 2010 How does a guy whose mom is a heroin addict — a guy who drops out of high school, has a kid, and starts working a minimum-wage job at a fast-food restaurant — climb out of poverty?
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