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Small Iowa town a window into hunger problem in rural US

 

October 13, 2016



STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP, Oct. 12, 2016) — Storm Lake, Iowa, appears the picture of economic health, a place where jobs are plentiful, the unemployment rate hovers near 3 percent, busy shops fill century-old brick buildings and children ride bikes on tree-lined sidewalks that end in the glare of its namesake lake.

But there's a growing problem in the northwest Iowa city of 11,000, one that's familiar to rural areas around the country: Thousands of working families and elderly residents don't have enough money to feed themselves or their children. The issue persists even as national poverty ra...



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