Facts & Resources

Child Hunger in Michigan

According to Kids Count in Michigan, 2016:

  • More than 338,000 children in Michigan live in households that were food insecure at some point during the year
  • Nearly 300,000 school-aged children in southeast Michigan are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch. To be eligible for reduced-priced lunches, kids must live at 185 percent of poverty, or about $44,000 a year for a family of four. To receive free lunches, kids must live at 130 percent of poverty, or about $31,000 for a family of four.
  • Nearly one in four Michigan children (22%) live in poverty, with household incomes under $24,036 for a family of four. 
  • More than half (58%) of Detroit's children live in poverty

Child Hunger In America

  • 1 in 5 kids in America live in households without consistent access to enough food.
  • 81% of America’s teachers report seeing students come to school hungry at least once a week 
  • Over half of public school students in this country are from low-income families.
  • 44% of SNAP participants are children.
  • 22 million children rely on free or reduced-fee lunches for their nutritional needs on an average school day. 
  • 4 million kids rely on free meals in the summer when school meals aren’t available.

Find more facts on child hunger in America at https://www.nokidhungry.org/pdfs/Fact_Sheet-2016.pdf.

The Devastating Impacts of Child Hunger

Developmental Impact

According to Feeding America:

  • Children who are food insecure are more likely to require hospitalization.
  • Children who are food insecure may be at higher risk for chronic health conditions, such as anemia and asthma.
  • Children who are food insecure may have more frequent instances of oral health problems.
  • Food insecurity among young children is associated with poorer physical quality of life, which may prevent them from fully engaging in daily activities such as school and social interaction with peers.
  • Food insecure children may be at greater risk of truancy and school tardiness
  • When they are in school, children who are food insecure may experience increases in an array of behavior problems including: fighting, hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, mood swings and bullying.

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

Educational Impact

According to the US Department of Agriculture: 

  • Children who experience hunger during their first five years of life, are less ready for kindergarten than their classmates who came from homes with enough to eat.
  • They lag behind in social, emotional and to some degree, cognitive skills when they begin kindergarten.
  • Children who experience hunger early in life were more likely to have lower reading and math scores than similar low-income children who didn't experience food insecurity.
  • Food insecure children were more likely to be hyperactive and throw tantrums in the classroom.

Read more at https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/err215/err-215.pdf?v=42636.

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.