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Claudia Pedroza, 39, and her eight-year-old daughter Karla Osorio at the Jefferson Action Center in Lakewood, Colo. Pedroza moved to the Denver suburbs five years ago with her husband and four children in hopes of a more comfortable suburban life. But Pedroza’s family struggles to make ends meet and she was waiting with her on Monday to apply for help with food, toiletries and seek a new frying pan.

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US poverty rate unchanged; record numbers persist

The nation’s poverty rate remained stuck at a record level last year, while household income dropped and the number of people who don’t have health insurance declined.

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