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July 23, 2013

Poverty in the suburbs: Hidden and growing

The suburbs, long the place where people moved to escape urban problems, now have more poor people than cities do. However suburban poverty looks very different than its urban version.

"I work regularly at a food pantry ... and what we see more of is nice cars in the parking lot," says Sheila Gilbert, national president of Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charity organization. "When you drive by you might think, 'Well those people probably don't need food.' But when you come inside you find people there who have been working all their lives -- and maybe all their lives is three years of experience, or it may be fifty years -- and something happened to the job, or an illness or something else happened in their lives."