49 Million Americans Go Hungry, Despite So-Called Recovery

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Dan Ryan and his wife make a combined $2,700 a month, an amount that is too high for them to qualify for food stamps but too low to feed them and their three children.

After the rent — $1,200 for a three-bedroom apartment in Gloucester, Massachusetts — and electric, cable and heating bills are paid, the amount left over for groceries, including non-food items like paper towels and laundry detergent, is just $125 a week.

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