The number of people living in poverty in the Detroit area has grown by 21% in the last five years.
The nation’s highest unemployment rate and continued foreclosure crisis are taking their toll on Metro Detroit, as first-time homeless citizens are flocking to near-capacity shelters. In Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties, advocates say people who are homeless for the first-time make up 20% to 40% of those seeking services. There are now 533,354 people (13%) in the tri-county area living below the poverty level. More than 204,000 children younger than 18 in the tri-county area live in poverty. One of every five children in the tri-county area, and nearly half of all children in the City of Detroit, lives in poverty and is thus at high risk of hunger and under-nutrition.
Forgotten Harvest works to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers. Forgotten Harvest currently rescues 12.5 million pounds of food per year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from a variety of sources such as grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors, and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food—that would otherwise go to waste—is delivered free of charge to emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area.
One donation of $1 provides 5 meals!