A study published last year in the Journal of Social Service Research (vol. 28, no. 4) has found that one-third of the people who depend on food pantries and soup kitchens are in fact employed. Furthermore, the education and background characteristics of these working poor suggest that the earning potential of their households is very low, and long-term dependence upon food assistance is likely.

Sociologists Ann Nichols-Casebolt and Patricia McGrath Morris, from the Virginia Commonwealth...

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