March 26, 2010 3:13 PM

Amid recession, Memphis becomes America's hunger capital

It wasn't long ago that Rachel Cales volunteered at her church's food pantry, bagging canned goods and emergency provisions for families that had fallen on hard times. Last May, however, Cales lost her job managing a yogurt shop. Suddenly, she couldn't afford the groceries her family needed, and she had to turn to the pantry for help.

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