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Hunger in Battle Creek, Michigan
The Truth About Hunger in the Cereal City...
Fact: 10,940 (20.9 percent) of Battle Creek, Michigan's residents live below poverty. 
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 
Fact: 3,113 (60.1 percent) of neighboring Springfield, Michigan's residents are impoverished. 
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Fact: Battle Creek's Unemployment Rate 
for March 2012 was 7.5 percent.
Sources: Michigan Department of Labor and Department of Numbers
Click here to see chart.

Calhoun County Unemployment Rises
Battle Creek Enquirer Article, August 2011
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Study: 26 percent of area children at risk of hunger
Battle Creek Enquirer Article
August 25, 2011
Click here for article
Map The Meal Gap
Courtesy of Feeding America 
Unemployment in Battle Creek, Michigan
Poverty
Senior Citizens at Risk of Hunger
Children at Risk of Hunger
Who is most likely to be at-risk?
The most likely to be at-risk are seniors with limited incomes, under age 70, African-Americans, Hispanics, the unmarried, renters and persons living in the South.
Is hunger confined primarily to those who are poor?
No. The poor are more likely to be at-risk, but half of all at-risk seniors have incomes above the federal poverty line.
Is hunger primarily a problem for minorities?
No, not at all. Over two-thirds of all hungry seniors are white.
Is there a clear correlation between hunger risk and education?
Yes. Being a high school drop out increases the risk that a senior will suffer hunger. A high school graduate is 20 percent less likely to be at risk than a drop out. A college graduate is 40 percent less likely.
Does hunger have an impact on the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) for seniors?

Yes, a staggering impact. A senior at risk of hunger has the same chance of an ADL limitation as someone 14 years older. That is, there is in effect a large disparity between actual chronological and “physical” age, so that a 64 year old senior suffering hunger is likely to have the ADL limitations of a 78 year old.
Source: Meals on Wheels Foundation of America
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Other Links to Hunger Relief in Battle Creek, Michigan
Food Bank of South Central Michigan
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HandsOn Battle Creek 211 Call Center
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