Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.
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"Every day I go out and push my son around and fill out applications," Tonilyn Rowe said. "But obviously it's not a good look to walk into a job with a stroller." Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Is Welfare 'A Rational Alternative To Work'?

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The Other Side Of The Economic Divide

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The Poverty Rate Ignores Programs That Fight Poverty

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Marion Matthew is a home health aide supporting herself and her 17-year-old son. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line

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Food bank client Jamie Senik takes a break near her garden plot sponsored by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. She grows food for herself and her diabetic mother. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Howard Buffet on his 1,400-acre research farm in Wilcox, Ariz. Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren, is working to find permanent solutions to the world's hunger problems. Nick Oza for NPR hide caption

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Voting Rights Ruling By Supreme Court Draws Mixed Reactions

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Shortening Lines At Polling Stations A Challenging Task

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Jasmine Chestnut at her internship at the Center for American Progress in Washington. An at-risk student, Chestnut had almost given up on college when a nonprofit network supported by the government's Social Innovation Fund helped her get back on track. Gabriella Demczuk/NPR hide caption

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Komen Cancels Charity Races In Several Cities

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Relief agencies like the American Red Cross say monetary donations give them the greatest flexibility to address victims' needs. Erik Lesser/EPA/Landov hide caption

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House, Senate Consider Cuts In Food Stamp Program

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TD Bank volunteers sort donated food into barrels at the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Md. Poverty in the county just outside Washington, D.C., has grown by two-thirds since 2007. Gabriella Demczuk/NPR hide caption

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Advocates Struggle To Reach Growing Ranks Of Suburban Poor

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