The grinding recession is taking its toll in neighborhoods across America as a record number of people plunge into poverty. A national poll reveals that Philadelphia's First Congressional District is the second-hungriest in the country. In an occasional series, The Inquirer goes behind the scenes in the district to chronicle the struggles, hopes, and challenges of the people who live hidden in plain sight in the heart of the country's sixth-largest city.

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