CITIES: Hunger in Seattle

The sky was slate gray. Snow, which had fallen a few nights before, had turned to slush. About 50 people, some with small children, waited patiently for more than an hour in front of a former supermarket at 23rd and Madison in Seattle's shabby central area. When the doors opened at 10 a.m., the people entered quickly and filled shopping carts with free surplus food—dry beans, scrambled-egg mix and a score of other items. Hundreds of other Seattle residents followed, collecting an allotment of 40 Ibs. per person. In less than a...

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