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Hunger Statistics


Facts About Hunger In Metro Detroit & Michigan

  • When people in the U.S. speak of hunger, they define hunger as an inability to obtain sufficient food for their households. People skip meals, cut back on the quality or quantity of meals, and may potentially suffer malnutrition over time.
  • In Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties, one in five children live in poverty. In the tri-county area 500,000 people including nearly 200,000 children, live in poverty.
  • Four million households in Michigan live at risk of hunger.
  • Michigan lost one million jobs over the past decade. A large share of the jobs lost once resided here in Southeast Michigan. Those lost jobs were high- and middle-wage lower-education jobs in lower-education industries. It is unlikely these jobs will ever return.
  • According to Feeding America’s National Hunger study, the number of individual emergency food recipients who receive food each week in Southeast Michigan grew by over 78%. [2006: 56,700.  2010: 101,200]
  • In Forgotten Harvest’s 2010 annual survey of the metro Detroit emergency food providers it serves, agencies informed us:
    • 19% turned away people--Not enough food was available for distribution.
    • 84% said the numbers of people seeking help has increased dramatically.
    • 79% said they could distribute more food if it was available.


Facts About Hunger In America

  • In 2009, in response to the question, “Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”
    • 18.5 % of people in the U.S. said “Yes.”
    • Nearly 1 in 4 households with children said, “Yes.”
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture study on food insecurity:(2008)
    • 49 million people experienced food insecurity.
    • 1 in 6 across the nation face hunger including 17 million children.
    • 1 in 4 children in the U.S. faced hunger or food insecurity in 2008.
  • Today, many of the people receiving emergency food are new to dire financial circumstances. They are the “The New Face of Hunger”. According to the
  • Feeding America “Hunger in America 2010” study:
    • Nearly 8% of the clients had been unemployed for less than three months. Over 17% of the clients previously held or currently held professional or managerial positions.
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