The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), based in Washington DC, has issued its “How Hungry is America?” report. The report, based on Gallup poll data, details hunger related data at the National, State and Local Metro area levels. Michigan is tied with Florida for 14th highest hunger rates in the Nation for 2014. According to the report, 1 in 6 Michigan residents struggle with food hardship, a number indicating the need for continued support of anti-hunger initiatives.
Though the national food insecurity rate has dropped since the previous year’s report, the rate is still high and has been stuck around the 18% of all households mark since the start of the 2008 “Great Recession.” Hunger is also an indicator of poverty, and most families struggling with food hardship are also struggling with other economic factors such as underemployment.
If you’d like to help with poverty in your area, there are opportunities for volunteering at your local food pantry or United Way. For food assistance, please dial 211.
FRAC’s full report can be found by clicking here.
Michigan Hunger Solutions is working on ending food insecurity among Michigan’s most vulnerable population. MHS can be found on Twitter (@MIHngerSolutions) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MichiganHungerSolutions)