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Homelessness, need for food rising in US: survey

WASHINGTON--A survey published Wednesday of 25 American cities, including many of the nation's largest, showed yearly increases in food aid and homelessness.

The cities, located throughout 18 states, saw requests for emergency food aid rise by an average of seven percent compared with the previous period a year earlier, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors study.

All but four cities reported an increase in demand for assistance between the period of September 2012 through August 2013.

Around 43 percent of people who asked for food aid were employed, 21 percent were elderly and nine percent were homeless.

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