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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October 5, 2010 Meet a single mother who makes $16,000 a year — and who managed to fund a vacation at a Caribbean resort with an interest-free loan from one of the world's largest banks.
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