In Livingston County there are some 10,000 people who live in poverty and almost 24,000 people can be described as being “food insecure.” Food insecurity means an individual does not have the resources to eat all of the meals necessary in order to meet their nutritional needs.
As a basic human right, all people should be able to find the food they need. Moving toward a future where everyone enjoys that right is a realistic, affordable and morally compelling goal for Michigan.
Feasible Solutions Exist to End Hunger—And No Solution Will Work On Its Own
Ending hunger is a community effort. The Blueprint to End Hunger in Michigan outlines a plan that involves all segments of our community:
1. Optimize federal food programs in Michigan
Improve and expand the national nutrition safety net programs administered in Michigan.
2. Expand nutrition education opportunities and outreach
Train and educate people to help them make healthy food choices and stretch their household food dollars.
3. Invest in and strengthen the private/non-profit service delivery network
Develop and expand localized, volunteer-based services that help engage citizens in community-based solutions to hunger and poverty.
4. Take action locally
Hunger impacts everyone in our state—not just those who are hungry. The economic and health implications for Michigan are far-reaching and need to be understood by policymakers, families, businesses and individuals.
Sources: Michigan Blueprint to End Hunger 2007
Feeding America Map the Meal Gap 2011