As the daughter of a minister, Jennifer James traveled frequently while her family served the less fortunate, from the rural heartland to the inner city. A lot of the time, she went without as a kid.

“My earliest memories are of working among the homeless in downtown Los Angeles, dipping ice cream for drunks,” she said. “I learned a lot and I was a better person for it, but there was a lot of pain along the way.”

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Dayon Pratt, 18, left, and Andre Bailey, 18, both students at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., load trays with food as thousands of people receive a free Thanksgiving meal Nov. 23 during the Feast of Sharing at the Washington Convention Center in Washington.

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