JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS/jvillegas@sacbee.com

Jeanine Perkins, owner of Jah Cafe in Elk Grove, recently pledged to cook free meals for homeless people on the first and third Mondays of the month starting July 2. She'll rely on volunteers to help out – much as other nonprofits and church groups have done since the recession sent Elk Grove's foreclosure rate spiraling upward.

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