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Residents struggle for food in Camden, N.J.

A 21-year-old heroin addict looks for food among garbage in Camden, N.J., Oct. 11, 2012.

Spencer Platt / Getty Images — Camden, New Jersey is now the most impoverished city in the U.S. with nearly 32,000 of Camden's residents living below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Camden has a chronic crime problem with 48 recorded homicides this year alone. A lack of jobs has been a feature of life in Camden since the city lost most of its manufacturing base in the late 1960s and 70s. While the state unemployment rate is about 9.9 percent, Camden's is estimated at 19 percent.

A youth volunteer serves food to the needy at Cathedral Hall in Camden, N.J., Oct. 11. Cathedral Hall serves lunch five days a week to thousands of Camden residents having trouble affording food.

A homeless man panhandles on a street in Camden, N.J., Oct. 11.

Workers in a culinary arts training program prepare meals at the Cathedral Kitchen soup kitchen that serves 300 to 600 meals a day, six days a week, to the needy and hungry in Camden, N.J., Oct. 11. Cathedral Kitchen was founded in 1976 and offers a variety of programs and life services to Camden's poor and disadvantaged.

Homes sit vacant in Camden, N.J., Oct. 11.

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