For 40 million Americans – hunger is a reality.

Stagnant wages combined with the rising costs of things like housing and healthcare make it so that millions of people in the country and hundreds of thousands in our service area struggle with hunger. Each day, people are faced with impossible choices, like whether to fill a prescription or eat; whether to buy groceries or pay rent.

Understanding poverty and hunger can help us approach the problem with the most appropriate, effective tactics.

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  • United Way ALICE Report

    ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households  are those that live above the federal poverty level, but below a basic survival threshold that includes being able to pay for housing, child care, food, health care and transportation. This report reveals that 1.54 million households in Michigan – fully 40 percent, and more than double the number previously thought – are struggling to support themselves.

  • Hunger in America Study

    Hunger in America is a national study conducted every four years by Feeding America. These studies provide comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance from the charitable sector. Hunger in America 2014 is the sixth and most comprehensive study undertaken.

  • Washington Heights Food Access Survey

    This 2018 report is the result of a food access pilot survey conducted in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Battle Creek, Michigan.