Hunger Facts and Statistics

Hunger in America is a complicated issue. We’ve researched and compiled sources for more information on specific areas of study below.


FEEDING AMERICA: MAP THE MEAL GAP 2013

Food Insecurity in the Food Bank's Service Area OVERALL ALL PEOPLE

COUNTY               FOOD INSECURITY RATE       NUMBER OF FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE

Barry                    9.5%                                   5,660

Branch                 13.6%                                 6,210

Calhoun                 14.6%                                  19,990

Hilldale                 13.9%                                    6,510

Jackson                  14.1%                                 22,700

Kalamazoo            15.2%                                     37,790

Lenawee                13.1%                                   13,180

St. Joseph              13.6%                                    8,390

TOTAL                 14.0%                                 120,430

 

Food Insecurity Among CHILDREN in Food Bank's Service Area

COUNTY               FOOD INSECURITY RATE         NUMBER OF FOOD INSECURE CHILDREN

Barry                   16.5%                                      2,430

Branch                 23.2%                                      2,550

Calhoun                20.9%                                       6,960

Hillsdale                25.0%                                      2,800

Jackson                 21.2%                                      7,990

Kalamazoo             18.1%                                      10,230

Lenawee                21.2%                                      5,010

St. Joseph             22.7%                                      3,630

TOTAL                 20.4%                                     41.600

 

 

2011 USDA Household Food Security in the United States Summary

POVERTY IN FOOD BANK OF SCM SERVICE AREA:

Check out poverty statistics, by Congressional District, click  here.


According to the U.S. Census estimate, there are 861,791 individuals living in the Food Bank of South Central Michigan's service area. The number living in poverty is as follows:

COUNTY

 

 

 

 

 

POPULATION  

(a)

 

 

 

 

# IN POVERTY  

(a)

   

  

 

 

% IN
POVERTY  

(a) 

  

 

 

INDIVIDUALS

RECEIVING SNAP 
(b) 

 

 

 

Barry 58,990     5,899 10% 7,258
Branch 43,868 7,457 17% 7,080
Calhoun 135,099 22,966 17% 29,009
Hillsdale 46,229 7,858 17% 7,388
Jackson 160,309 24,046 15% 27,742
Kalamazoo     254,580 45,824 18% 40,981
Lenawee 98,987 13,858 14% 15,108
St. Joseph 60,796 10,335 17% 10,837
TOTAL     859,128 138,243 16% 145,403


Source: (a) U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, July, 2012 estimate. (b) Source: State of MI, DHS Blue Book October, 2013.

To access DHS Blue Book, click here.

 



U.S. CENSUS DATA FOR SELECTED CITIES IN FOOD BANK OF SCM'S SERVICE AREA:

CITY POPULATION     # IN
POVERTY      
% IN
POVERTY   
Adrian 20,842 7,086 34%
Albion 8,546 2,563 30%
Battle Creek      52,347 11,516 22%
Bronson 2,341 678 29%
Centreville 1,413 211 15%
Coldwater 10,887 2,286 21%
Hastings 7,299 875 12%
Hillsdale 8,211 2,134 26%
Jackson 33,411 10,357 31%
Kalamazoo 75,092 26,282 35%    
Nashville     1,623 373 23%
Portage 47,126 4,712 10%
Sturgis 10,884 2,394 22%
Tecumseh 8,427     842 10%
Three Rivers 7,735 2,088 27%


Source: US Census Bureau, US Census American Fact Finder; population is 2012 estimate.


Hunger in the U.S.
This is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released its annual study measuring food security in the United States, Household Food Security in the United States, 2011.


The alarming results show that 1 in 6 Americans is food insecure. Even more shocking is that 1 in 4 children lives in a food-insecure household. Given the current state of the economy, it is going to take a while for these numbers to decrease.


Key highlights from the USDA study:

In 2011, 17.9 million US households (14.9%) were food insecure.

In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households.

In 2011, 8.6 million American children lived in food insecure households.


The full report can be accessed on the USDA web site.

KIDS COUNT IN MICHIGAN 2013


Kids Count in Michigan provides an annual, comprehensive snapshot of children's issues, including the % of children living in poverty, and the % of children receiving free and reduced meals. The latest Kids' Count data sheet is usually found on the Michigan League for Human Services website. You may also click here.



 

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