Since COVID-19 hit Michigan, the state’s food banks and food rescues have faced drastic increases in demand. By the end of May, Michigan’s unemployment rate had soared to 22.7%, nearly matching the nationwide unemployment rate during the Great Depression. While many Michiganders have been able to make do with unemployment benefits, others face food insecurity.
Christopher Ivey is director of marketing and communications for Forgotten Harvest, a food rescue serving Metro Detroit. He says Forgotten Harvest has seen demand increase by over 50%, as a recent University of Michigan survey showed a 48% unemployment rate in Detroit.