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13.4 Percent of People in Michigan Households Struggling with Hunger
In one in eight households in Michigan, people struggled with hunger in the years 2010 to 2012, according to new data released. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service’s annual report on food insecurity stated that nationally, more than 48.9 million people lived in households that were food insecure in 2012 – 14.1 percent of all adults and 21.6 percent of all children lived in food insecure households.
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Local Hunger Advocate Outraged by Proposed Food Stamp Cuts
More details are released today about the U.S. House Republican leadership proposal to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps). It would cut $40 billion from SNAP which is double the amount of cuts proposed in a House bill that failed in June. A vote on the proposal could come any day now.
“This would be devastating to millions of low-income people,” says Executive Director Terri Stangl from the Center for Civil Justice (CCJ). CCJ operates a toll-free statewide food and Nutrition Program Helpline in Michigan. “Under the House Republican leadership plan food would literally be taken out of the mouths of some of our poorest citizens in the most need of our help.”
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More low-income children in Michigan are satisfying their hunger thanks to the Summer Meals Program
Participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs saw a slight increase in Michigan, with 49,331 low-income children receiving summer meals on an average day in July 2012, according to a new national report. The Center for Civil Justice noted that despite the over the year increase from the previous July, summer meals only reach 8.6 children for every 100 low-income children who got regular school meals in the 2011-2012 school year. In Michigan, only fifteen percent of eligible children participate in summer meals.
SNAP Needs to be Strengthened Not Cut
Do you know that 50 million Americans live in households that can’t consistently afford enough food? In Michigan, that means one in five people may be going hungry right now. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly known as food stamps) helps those people buy food in their time of need. (Benefits are adjusted as a household’s income goes up or down. ) It’s the nation’s most effective tool in the fight against hunger, yet Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are too busy playing politics to realize what’s at stake.
Food Assistance Programs Don’t Meet the Needs of Disabled Americans
Even though more low-income households with adults with disabilities receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps) than low-income households without disabled adults, the program still doesn’t meet the special food needs of those with disabilities.
There are more Senior Citizens Living in Poverty in Michigan than Previously Thought
A new state-by-state look at senior citizens shows that the number of seniors living in poverty is higher than was previously calculated in every state including Michigan.
The growth in poverty among seniors in Michigan is especially important in light of the current debate in Michigan about whether to expand Medicaid to more people, including seniors age 60 to 64, or whether to cut SNAP benefits
Poverty Moves out of the City and into the Suburbs
Nearly one-third of all Americans are poor or nearly poor and one in three poor Americans live in the suburbs, according to a new study. The study called “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America,” by the Bookings Institution says it started in the 1990s and by 2001, after the recession, more poor people lived in suburbs than in cities for the first time. The recession pushed that trend along and by 2011 the suburban poor outnumbered the urban poor by three million. Detroit is one of the cities that saw the highest increases in suburban poverty.
Too Many Food Stamp Benefits? Judge for Yourself.
When members of Congress return from their Memorial Holiday break on June 3, they will resume debate on the Farm Bill. A hot topic is whether there should be cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps). See what's taken into consideration when calculating SNAP benefits.
Flint, Michigan - May 9, 2013 - As Congress is poised to mark up the Farm Bill and possibly cut the nation's low-income food program, a new poll shows that voters in the U.S. support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps or the 'Food Assistance Program' in Michigan.)
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For details on the study go to the FRAC website at www.frac.org.
Time is Running Out for Eligible Michigan Adults to Apply for Health Coverage
If you're a low-income Michigan adult without children and without health insurance, you can now apply for the state's Adult Medical Program (Plan A) through April 30th.
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Grant Will Help Protect Genesee County Families Striving to Build Economic Security
Thousands of Genesee County families need a helping hand when their world is turned upside down due to unemployment, illness, or the death of a family member. Unfortunately, families that should be eligible for short term help with food, healthcare, utilities or other basic needs are often frustrated by changing and confusing rules. These families, and the community organizations that are trying to help them, will be able to get answers and help from the Center for Civil Justice, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
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New Study Shows Michigan Families Can't Afford Enough Food
One in five residents are saying they didn't have enough money for food last year, according to a Gallup poll. Our state is ranked number 20 on a list of states with the highest food hardship. A new reporter released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows that nationally the food hardship rate was 18.2 percent in 2012, compared to Michigan's food hardship rate of 20.2
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Imagine your child having an asthma attack in the middle of the night and you don't have a rescue inhaler or a doctor to turn to. What if you've been feeling ill for months but can't find out what's wrong because you don't have health insurance? By the time you end up in emergency, it may be too late to cure what could have been a simple problem. Medicaid expansion in Michigan could help more than 470,000 residents avoid the same fate.
Adults with Disabilities are at Highest Risk of going Hungry.
A new national study reveals that adults with disabilities - more than any others - are going hungry - and sometimes for days at a time. The USDA has found that one in three hosueholds that include adults with disabilities don't have access to food. That's nearly three times the rate of hunger reported by other households.
New Insight into Adequacy of Food Assistance Program Benefits
January 21, 2013 – Flint, MI - People standing in line at any of the nation’s food pantries can tell you – so can others who come away from the grocery store with a smaller bag of food for the same price – programs for low-income people who are hungry are just not doing enough. But now there’s even more muscle behind that statement. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) have found that the benefit levels for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps in Michigan, are too low and there are flaws in how the benefits are calculated.
Congress to Vote on SNAP Cuts as Mayor's Report Shows Need for More Assistance
With less than a week to go before Christmas, Congress is poised to cut nearly two million people from food assistance tonight as lawmakers continue to negotiate away from the fiscal cliff. But now there is new evidence that shows the cuts to be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives would have dire consequences for low-income families.
Thousands of Low-income Families with Children Affected by Lame Duck Sessions.
Saginaw, MI - December 14, 2012: Michigan Senate Bill 1386, imposing a 60-month lifetime limit of Family Independence Porgram (FIP) benefits, counting months back to October 1996, passed both the House and Senate.
Michigan’s Needy to Lose Benefits Despite Long-Standing Promises by Lawmakers and DHS.
Lansing, Michigan - December 5, 2012 - Difficult times from well over a decade ago are coming back to haunt thousands of Michigan’s needy residents and their children. A bill was just passed in the Senate Wednesday (December 5) that would put strict limits on how long they can receive help from the state. Senate Bill 1386 states that people, who’ve received benefits from the Family Independence Program (FIP), of any size, for more than 60-months since 1996, will be cut off forever. No exceptions.
A Senate Hearing Called Wednesday for Bill on Cash Assistance Time Limits for the Needy
Flint, Michigan, December 4, 2012 - A bill that appears to concede that the Michigan Department of Human Services did not have the authorization for a limit on cash assistance for needy families was introduced into the Senate Monday. It was immediately set for a last-minute hearing tomorrow at 9:00am.
One in Five Michigan Residents Don’t have Money for Food
Low-Income People Could Lose Food Assistance
Needy Families Wait for Michigan Supreme Court Decision
Michigan League for Human Services Recognizes Center for Civil Justice's Advocacy Work with Statewide Award
New Michigan Poverty Data Underscores Need to Keep SNAP Strong
14.2 Percent of Michigan Households Struggling with Hunger New Polling Data Show Broad Support for SNAP and Opposiiton to Cuts
Advocacy Organizations for People with Disabilities Support Center for Civil Justice in their Appeal to the Supreme Court
Families who "played by the rules" while on Welfare ask Michigan Supreme Court to Order State Agency to do the same.
Advocates Disappointed bY Appeals Court Ruling
Center for Civil Justice asks Genesee County Circuit Court to Enforce its Order and Hold Department of Human Services in Contempt.