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Hungry in the West End addresses senior hunger in Providence's West End community -- an area of hard-core poverty burdened further by the recession. This series attempts to put a face on the problem of senior hunger in the West End and throughout America, and to give voice to those who are responding to the challenge of feeding the hungry. This is concluding Part 8 of the series. Start here to begin with Part 1.
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Hungry in the West End addresses senior hunger in Providence's West End community -- an area of hard-core poverty burdened further by the recession. This series attempts to put a face on the problem of senior hunger in the West End and throughout America, and to give voice to those who are responding to the challenge of feeding the hungry. This is Part 7 of the series. Start here to begin with Part 1.
Imagine feeding a hot lunch to more than 1,500 people a day—people who live in different parts of Rhode Island, with different needs, tastes and health problems.
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The West End of Providence is the city's -- and the state's -- most economically distressed neighborhood. The jobless rate among its largely Hispanic population tops 20 percent; it is by most estimates the most dangerous part of the city. Hidden in the West End are the elderly hungry, whose "food insecurity" is reflected in the number of people who rely on the federal SNAP program (formerly food stamps) to Meals on Wheels, congregate meals sites at senior centers and neighborhood food pantries.
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