David Johnson
  • This photo taken July 16, 2012 shows 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, July 16, 2012, to apply for help with food, toiletries and seek a new frying pan.

    The nation's poverty rate remained stuck at a record level last year.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 1:30 AM EST
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