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The New Face of Hunger

The New Face of Hunger
Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We sent three photographers to explore hunger in three very different parts of the United States, each giving different faces to the same statistic: of Americans don’t have enough food to eat. Click below to launch galleries Osage, IowaPhotographs by Amy ToensingOn our nation’s richest lands, farmers grow corn and soybeans used to feed livestock, make cooking oil, and produce sweeteners. Yet one in eight Iowans often goes hungry, with children the most vulnerable to food insecurity. Houston, TexasPhotographs by Kitra CahanaDespite a strong economy, Houston is ringed by neighborhoods where many working families can’t afford groceries. Bronx, New YorkPhotographs by Stephanie SinclairUrban neighborhoods with pervasive unemployment and poverty are home to the hungriest. By Tracie McMillan Photographs by Kitra Cahana, Stephanie Sinclair, and Amy Toensing Dreier knows her gambit might backfire, and it does.

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