In this photo taken on Feb. 21, 2013, a needy elderly woman receives her daily meal in the dining hall of the Portuguese charity AMI - International Medical Assistance. center in Lisbo

 

              In this photo taken on Feb. 21, 2013, a needy elderly woman receives her daily meal in the dining  hall of the Portuguese charity AMI - International Medical Assistance. center in Lisbo
In this photo taken on Feb. 21, 2013, a needy elderly woman receives her daily meal in the dining hall of the Portuguese charity AMI - International Medical Assistance. center in Lisbon. The Portuguese charity AMI _ International Medical Assistance _ was set up almost three decades ago as a rapid response organization for catastrophes abroad. Now the emergency is at home. Before 2008, up to 8,000 people a year sought AMI's help in Portugal. In 2012, it was almost 16,000. In some places such as Porto, Portugal's second-largest city, the increase in people approaching the charity has been more than 250 percent since 2008. And some of the needy are university graduates. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)