new study on hunger is proving to be a real eye-opener.
shows about 493,000 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula turn to the
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank each year.
Of that 493,000, a good part were seniors and
children-who may have to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine
or health care.
Andrew Steiner is Communications
Specialist for Feeding America, and calls the situation disturbing.And he stresses that destitution can come
upon a family in not much more than the wink of an eye.
Steiner says “it’s something we say here at
the food bank all the time but it really is true that most of us are just one
or two life events away from needing the help that we ourselves are trying to
provide.Most people that we know just
don’t have the assets saved up to handle a big crisis like a job loss or
illness or a foreclosure. When you talk ab out the face of hunger, you really
need to look in the mirror.”
far as donations, Steiner says their suppliers, stores both big and small, are
on the rise, with more and more realizing that a lot of food that’s thrown out is
still good and edible and could be feeding a needy family instead of being
pitched in the dumpster.
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