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In West Michigan, where the unemployment rate is higher than the national average, the lack of access to food is an even bigger problem. Even in areas that may seem prosperous, many families choose between buying food or paying their mortgage.
Here are the facts.
-46% of clients served by our Food Bank have had to choose between food and paying utility bills,
-37% have had to choose between buying food and paying their rent or mortgage,
-30% have had to choose between food and medicine or medical care,
-33% have had to choose between food and transportation, and
-42% have had to choose between food and putting gas in their cars.