Manny Crisostomo/mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

While grandson Mike oversees the grill, Joannie and Robert Hughes relax outside their North Sacramento home. The retired couple get by on a fixed income. In 2010, 2.7 million U.S. grandparents were solely responsible for the basic needs of grandchildren living with them; more than 21 percent of those families lived in poverty. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

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