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    Posted March 15, 2013 by
    Los Angeles, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Photo essays: Your stories in pictures

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    Hunger and Homelessness in America


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     RCNorm is a pastor and amateur photographer in Fontana, California. He shot these photos over the past few years in downtown Los Angeles and Riverside. He was particularly moved by image #1 in the set, of the man sleeping in the entrance to the Metro subway station. 'On the other side of that wall is the entrance to one of the newer lofts they're building in downtown L.A. It's heartbreaking to me that we can have such opulence right next to such hopelessness.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Hunger and Homelessness: they’re the elephant and 800 lb. gorilla in the room that many ignore. They’re the dark stains on our society that will not go away because we choose to ignore them. How is it that in the richest nation on earth, we have a continuing and growing problem of hunger and homelessness? We’re not talking about a developing nation across the waters, but rather, right here in America; in cities all across the country. Now it would be foolish to think that there is a quick or simple solution to the problem, or a magic bullet that will make hunger and homelessness disappear. Yet, one thing we know for sure is that doing nothing only results in the problems growing larger. These photos were taken over several months in Downtown, Los Angeles and Downtown, Riverside, California and are shared to remind us all that we can't keep ignoring the plight of fellow Americans in need.

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