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Dorothy Boddie runs the outreach ministry at Allen Chapel AME, one of the Capital Area Food Bank's nonprofit partners. The D.C.-area food bank is part of a growing trend to move toward healthier options in food assistance, because many in the population it serves suffer from high blood pressure and diabetes. Courtesy of Capital Area Food Bank hide caption

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Shannon McGrath, pictured with her son Rayder, says it has been a lot easier to make her medical appointments recently, thanks to help from a "patient navigator" — assigned to her by Kaiser Permanente — who arranged McGrath's transportation. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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Your ZIP Code Might Be As Important To Health As Your Genetic Code

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Customers check out the produce at a Curbside Market truck parked at Andrews Terrace, a large apartment complex in downtown Rochester. The program is part of Foodlink's efforts to help poor communities have access to fresh and healthy foods. Courtesy of FoodLink hide caption

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Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry in Hurley, Va. Poverty in the coal-mining region is 29 percent, twice the national average. Unemployment is also high, and younger families are moving out. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

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Student Nicola Hopper, 11, and Jake Hensley, 11, load milk cartons and other food collected by students at Franklin Sherman Elementary School into crates to be taken across the street to Share food pantry at McLean Baptist Church. Victoria Milko/NPR hide caption

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When Food Banks Say No To Sugary Junk, Schools Offer A Solution

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Two people at a food pantry in Portland, Maine, choose items from a display of produce. Several food banks around the country have been trying something new to get people to choose healthier foods. And it's working. Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Food Pantries Try Nutritional Nudging To Encourage Good Food Choices

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Bill McKelvey created Grow Well Missouri with a five-year grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to help create more access to produce — and the health benefits that come with growing it yourself. Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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John Umland (left) and John Torrens gather donated cans of food in 2011 in Rohnert Park, Calif., for the group Neighbors Organized Against Hunger. Hunger advocates say a lot of nutritionally dense food like canned tuna and beans can be cheaper than processed food. Kent Porter/ZUMA Press/Corbis hide caption

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Volunteers pass out fresh vegetables for a Thanksgiving meal at the Alameda Food Bank in Alameda, Calif., in 2009. The percentage of Americans who report struggling to afford food has remained stubbornly near recession-era highs. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Volunteers at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore sort and box food donations on a conveyor belt. The bank started working with groups like the USO in 2013 to provide food aid to families affiliated with nearby military bases. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

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Sarah Ramirez runs an organization that brings excess produce to the hungry. Here, she gleans apples from a front yard. Scott Anger/KQED hide caption

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This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California's Hungry

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Food banks have become a primary source of nutrition for rural farmworker communities in the Central Valley. Scott Anger/KQED hide caption

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Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker's Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

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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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Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food

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