A: Food insecurity affects 1 in 8 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Among children alone, the number is 1 in 6. If those figures surprise you, that’s because you usually can’t tell by looking that people are hungry. Unemployment, underemployment, medical expenses, tuition, disability, and even a lack of physical proximity to healthy food can cause a person to be food insecure. This problem affects people from all backgrounds in urban, rural, and suburban communities.
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