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Special Report: The Unequal State of America - Lean times for the "undeserving poor"

Clients wait in line in the early morning outside the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients wait in line in the early morning outside the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients wait in line in the early morning outside the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Clients wait in line to shop for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients wait in line to shop for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients wait in line to shop for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Clients wait for their numbers to be called before they can shop for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients wait for their numbers to be called before they can shop for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients wait for their numbers to be called before they can shop for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Volunteer Ann Martin sorts food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Volunteer Ann Martin sorts food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Volunteer Ann Martin sorts food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Volunteer Dottie Davis puts food out for shoppers at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Volunteer Dottie Davis puts food out for shoppers at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Volunteer Dottie Davis puts food out for shoppers at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Canned goods await clients at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Canned goods await clients at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Canned goods await clients at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Volunteer Therese Marie Howell puts out produce at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Volunteer Therese Marie Howell puts out produce at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Volunteer Therese Marie Howell puts out produce at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Clients take bags of potatoes at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients take bags of potatoes at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients take bags of potatoes at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Clients shop at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients shop at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Clients shop at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Bob Martin loads his car after shopping for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Bob Martin loads his car after shopping for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Bob Martin loads his car after shopping for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Volunteer Dottie Davis puts food out for shoppers at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Volunteer Dottie Davis puts food out for shoppers at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Volunteer Dottie Davis puts food out for shoppers at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Marguerite Bell shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Marguerite Bell shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Marguerite Bell shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Marguerite Bell shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Marguerite Bell shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Marguerite Bell shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Khadeeja Miller compares items with her daughters Rionna (L) and Deonna Sanders (C) at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Khadeeja Miller compares items with her daughters Rionna (L) and Deonna Sanders (C) at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Khadeeja Miller compares items with her daughters Rionna (L) and Deonna Sanders (C) at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Client James Riley greets volunteer Jim Curtis at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Client James Riley greets volunteer Jim Curtis at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Client James Riley greets volunteer Jim Curtis at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Client James Riley shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Client James Riley shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Client James Riley shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 27, 2012. Picture taken November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Timothy Hitchcock, 56, waits in line for food at the New Birth Ministries food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Timothy Hitchcock, 56, waits in line for food at the New Birth Ministries food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Timothy Hitchcock, 56, waits in line for food at the New Birth Ministries food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Timothy Hitchcock, 56, carries out his food at the New Birth Ministries food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Timothy Hitchcock, 56, carries out his food at the New Birth Ministries food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Timothy Hitchcock, 56, carries out his food at the New Birth Ministries food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Timothy Hitchcock, 56, walks home with his food after shopping at the New Birth Ministries food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Timothy Hitchcock, 56, walks home with his food after shopping at the New Birth Ministries food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Timothy Hitchcock, 56, walks home with his food after shopping at the New Birth Ministries food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Brandi Burnau (C) and Jody Dildine wait outside the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Brandi Burnau (C) and Jody Dildine wait outside the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Brandi Burnau (C) and Jody Dildine wait outside the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Shaun Case waits outside the Saturn Biomedical Plasma Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Shaun Case waits outside the Saturn Biomedical Plasma Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Shaun Case waits outside the Saturn Biomedical Plasma Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Brandi Burnau holds her niece Sabrina at a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Brandi Burnau holds her niece Sabrina at a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Brandi Burnau holds her niece Sabrina at a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Brandi Burnau colors with her nephew Josh at a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Brandi Burnau colors with her nephew Josh at a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Brandi Burnau colors with her nephew Josh at a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Brandi Burnau helps her nephew Josh get in to the car outside a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Brandi Burnau helps her nephew Josh get in to the car outside a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Brandi Burnau helps her nephew Josh get in to the car outside a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, stands for the national anthem at the Conservative Political Action conference dinner in Washington in this February 11, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, stands for the national anthem at the Conservative Political Action conference dinner in Washington in this February 11, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, stands for the national anthem at the Conservative Political Action conference dinner in Washington in this February 11, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files
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Public spending on benefits aimed at families for U.S. against other countries.

Public spending on benefits aimed at families for U.S. against other countries.

Public spending on benefits aimed at families for U.S. against other countries.
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Survey of how different income bands feel about the aid for the poor.

Survey of how different income bands feel about the aid for the poor.

Survey of how different income bands feel about the aid for the poor.
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U.S. maps of state poverty levels in 2011 and 1989.

U.S. maps of state poverty levels in 2011 and 1989.

U.S. maps of state poverty levels in 2011 and 1989.
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