More people requested emergency food and shelter in U.S. cities in 2005 than 2004, according to a survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Lack of affordable housing and low-paying jobs were noted as the top causes of hunger and homelessness.
Emergency food requests rose an average of 12 percent in 24 cities, including San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Nashville, Tenn.
40 percent of requests for food came from people with jobs.
54 percent of requests for food came from children and their parents.
Requests for emergency shelter rose by 6 percent.
18 percent of food requests and 14 percent of emergency shelter requests went unmet.
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