Stories and images of hunger and poverty in the United States

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For D.C.’s desperate, a refuge from homelessness is about to disappear

 

by Petula Dvorak Washington Post October 23, 2015
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He made a promise to help others. Now he’s giving tents to the homeless . Arnold Harvey began bringing food and clothes to the homeless on his trash route about a decade ago.

 

by Petula Dvorak Washington Post October 19, 2015

Picking peas should bring a better life

by Rosa Martinez as told to David Bacon New American Media June 3, 2015s
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A father’s initiative: Paul Gayle had no job, no money, a new baby and 16 lessons from the Obama administration to teach him what to do next

 

by Eli Saslow Washington Post May 16, 2015
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The Price of Nice Nails: Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, The New York Times has found

 

by Sarah Maslin Nirmahy New York Times May 7, 2015
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For Hardee’s workers, it’s not a parable, it’s a job

 

by Anne Hull Washington Post March 14, 2015

This powerful Reddit thread reveals how the poor get by in America

 

by Max Ehrenfreund Washington Post January 15, 2015
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Living on the streets of Oakland. The Great Recession may be over, but every night people are sleeping on benches or in makeshift shelters. Here are a few of their stories

 

by David Bacon East Bay Express August 6, 2014
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Poverty endures in a Texas colonia

 

by Nicole Bengiveno New York Times June 29
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Opportunity’s knocks: Tereza Sedgwick is seeing the economy from the bottom up, where the fastest-growing job in America, nursing aide, is also one of the hardest

 

by Eli Saslow Washington Post May 31, 2014
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Fifty years into the War on Poverty, hardship hits back

 

by Trip Gabriel New York Times April 20, 2014
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Ugh. I miss it. Transitioning from military to civilian life and from camaraderie to isolation

 

by Eli Saslow Washington Post April 19, 2014
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Invisible child: Dasani’s homeless life

 

by Andrea Elliot New York Times December 9, 2013
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Caught in unemployment’s revolving door

 

by Annie Lowrey New York Times November 16, 2013
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Meet the American nomads of Walmart’s plentiful parking lots

 

by Jakob Schiller Wired November 1, 2013

On the edge of poverty, at the center of a debate on food stamps

 

by Sheryl Gay Stolberg New York Times September 4, 2013
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Photo: Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post

Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle

 

by Eli Saslow Washington Post March 16, 2013
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Photo: Linda Davidson/Washington Post

In Rust Belt, a teenager’s climb from poverty

 

by Anne Hull Washington Post December 8, 2012

In suburbia, a dizzying fall from middle-class grace

 

by Petula Dvorak Washington Post September 25, 2012

Portraits from a job-starved city: A tour through the stores, factories and offices of Rockford, Illinois

 

by Alec Soth and Michael Catan New York Times July 2011

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Detroit food bank 2010 (photo essay)

by Anthony Suau Facing Change July 2011
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Photo: David Bacon.

South of Silicon Valley, hunger haunts California town

by David Bacon New American Media June 20, 2010
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Photo: David Bacon

Border communities are ground zero for hunger

by David Bacon New American Media April 18, 2011
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Photo: David Bacon

In southwest Virginia, as more need help, aid organization has less to give

 

by Eli Saslow Washington Post April 17, 2011
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Photo: Andrea Morales/New York Times

Ohio town sees public job as only route to middle class

 

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times March 15, 2011
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Photo: Annie Tritt/New York Times

Itinerant life weighs on farm workers’ children

 

by Patricia Leigh BrownNew York Times March 12, 2011
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Photo: Andrew Spear/New York Times

“Teacher, my dad lost his job. Do we have to move?”

 

by Michael Winerip New York Times January 30, 2011
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Photo: Washington Post

For migrant worker children, frequent school changes damage learning

 

by Kevin Sieff Washington Post November 7, 2010
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Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Across the United States, food stamp use soars and stigma fades–program now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children

 

by Jason DeParle and Robert Gebeloff New York Times November 28, 2009
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Photo: David Pierini/ ChicagoTribune

Homeless students: increasingly, families taking shelter anywhere they can

 

by Bonnie Miller Rubin Chicago Tribune October 28, 2009
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Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Recession drives surge in youth runaways

 

by Ian Urbina New York Times October 5, 2009

Hungry families sleep on the sidewalk, waiting for food in Hayward California

 

by Paul Schwartzman Washington Post August 5, 2009
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Photo: L.M. Otero/New York Times

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  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
    • Advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
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