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]

Forgotten Harvest:

Was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. 23.2 million pounds of food were rescued last year by collecting surplus, prepared, and perishable food from over 450 grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers and wholesale food distributors—all Health Department approved sources. Twenty-three million pounds of food will supply, according to industry standards, twenty-three million meals.

The donated food is delivered, free of charge, to soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless and domestic shelters, children’s homes, senior centers and group homes. Forgotten Harvest services Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties—covering 2000 sq. miles to feed the hungry.

Gleaners Food Bank:

Of Southeast Michigan has, for over 35 years, provided a vital link between available food and those who need it. Surplus food that might otherwise go to waste is collected from local and national producers to help ease the problem of hunger.

Gleaners collects, warehouses, repacks and distributes many million of pounds of donated food to over 600 local partners. These agencies pick up food from Gleaners to provide meals, prepare food packages and stock food pantries. Gleaners and its member agencies created over 40 million meals last year for hungry people in southeast Michigan. Gleaners provides the equivalent of over 83,000 meals a day.

Gleaners has developed efficient, reliable methods for handling a tremendous volume of all kinds of food. Five distribution centers bring the food closer to those in need, saving member agencies time and money which is better used to provide food for our hungry neighbors.