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
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:
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.