Facts & Resources

Child Hunger in Michigan

  • The number of kids relying on school-provided meals is remaining steady in 4 out of the 5 counties that Gleaners serves.
  • 17% of children in Michigan live in households that were food insecure at some point during the year, an increase of 2 percentage points over the previous year.
  • Nearly 300,000 school-aged children in southeast Michigan are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch. Students from families with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free or reduced prices in the federal School Lunch Program.
  • Nearly one in five Michigan children (21%) live in poverty, with household incomes under $24,339 for a family of four.
  • More than half (51%) of Detroit's children live in poverty.

Source: Kids Count Michigan, 2018

Child Hunger In America

The Devastating Impacts of Child Hunger

Developmental Impact

According to Feeding America, children who face hunger are more like to:

  • Require hospitalization or face higher risk for chronic health conditions, such as anemia and asthma.
  • Repeat a grade in elementary school.
  • Experience developmental impairments like language and motor skills.
  • Have more social and behavioral problems.

Read more at http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/child-hunger/child-development.html.

Other partners in our work:

Feeding America

As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, Feeding America network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, through a network of more than 200 member food banks. www.feedingamerica.org.

Food Bank Council of Michigan

The Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) is a statewide organization that gathers food and funds to help stock Michigan's food banks. www.fbcmich.org.