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For nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty – the highest in more than half a century – getting a meal on the table isn’t easy. One-in-seven now receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (better known as food stamps) but that barely covers the necessities, especially when assistance runs thin at the end of the month. By then, foods like peanut butter and pasta become a main course for those on assistance, half of whom are children.
Some have been chronically poor, but many are the newcomers to federal food assistance — recent veterans, college graduates, once middle-class families in suburbia, and farm workers, who never imagined they would learn what hunger felt like.
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