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Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution refers to the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education. Relative poverty is defined contextually as economic inequality in the location or society in which people live.Excerpted from Poverty on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Unemployed men queued outside a Depression-era soup kitchen, opened in Chicago by Al Capone in February 1931. The storefront sign reads "Free Soup, Coffee and Doughnuts for the Unemployed."


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