In southeast Michigan, more than 300,000 children receive free or reduced-price meals in school.
According to Kids Count in Michigan, 2016:
- More than 46% of school-aged children 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.
- Out of the Michigan children who receive free or reduced-price school lunch, 42 percent live in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, or Wayne County.
- Nearly one in four Michigan children (22.6%) live in poverty, with household incomes under $24,000 for a family of four.
- More than one third (34%) of Detroit's children live in extreme poverty, or less than $12,000 for a family of four.
According to Children’s Defense Fund (2014):
- Only 13 percent of Michigan children receiving a free and reduced-price lunch during the school year participated in the Summer Food Service Program – ranking Michigan 30th of 50 states in ensuring that children have adequate summer nutrition.
- Nearly 39,000 Michigan public school students were homeless in 2012-2013.
Child Hunger In America
- 45.9 percent of SNAP participants are children. (USDA)
- 3 out of 4 of America’s teachers report regularly seeing students who come to school hungry because they aren’t getting enough food at home. (No Kid Hungry)
- 16.2 million kids in America live in households without consistent access to adequate food. (USDA)
- More than 20 million children rely on free or reduced-fee lunches for their nutritional needs on an average school day. (USDA)
- 6 out of 7 low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch do not get a free meal during the summer (Food Research and Action Center)
Find more facts on child hunger in America at www.nokidhungry.org/pdfs/Facts-Childhood-Hunger-in-America-2013-grid.pdf.
The Devastating Impacts of Child Hunger
According to Feeding America:
- Undernourished children are more likely to get sick, recover from illness more slowly and require hospitalization more often.
- Children who are good insecure may be at higher risk for chronic health conditions, such as anemia and asthma.
- Food insecure children may be at greater risk of truancy and school tardiness
- When they are in school, children who are food insecure may expeirence 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.
According to the American Psychological Association (2013):
- Hungry children age's six to 12 are more likely to receive special education services, to repeat a grade in school and to receive mental health counseling.
- Hungry children are more likely to get in fights, have trouble with a teacher, and not listen to rules.
- Hungry children have higher levels of behavioral, emotional and academic problems.
Read more at https://www.apa.org/pi/families/poverty.aspx.
According to the Center for American Progress, the annual cost of hunger or food insecurity includes:
- $130.5 billion: Spent on illness costs linked to hunger and food insecurity
- $17.8 billion: Value of charitable contributions to address hunger and food insecurity
- $19.2 billion: Monetary impact of poor educational outcomes and lower lifetime earnings associated with childhood hunger
Read the full report at http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2011/10/pdf/hunger_paper.pdf.
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.