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5 innovative hunger-fighting programs

Somali Bantu spokeswoman Sitey Mbere at an IRC New Roots farm raising in San Diego.

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Food security for everyone

As the battle over the Affordable Care Act proves, health care and its associated costs are big issues in America. But if elected officials really want to make a difference, they might start by ensuring that everyone gets a square deal when it comes to healthy meals and snacks, regardless of age or income. Countless studies show that poor nutrition leads to poor health, lost productivity and increased health care costs. Plus, a comprehensive plan to address food security could improve quality of life for many and decrease the dollars spent on diet-related diseases. Check out these five interesting food initiatives designed to even the odds. (In this photo, Somali Bantu spokeswoman Sitey Mbere expresses her joy at an International Rescue Committee New Roots event in San Diego. To learn about how New Roots is tackling food instability, click on to the next photo.) (Text: Enrique Gili)