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Public News Service - MI: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Gilda Jacobs with the Michigan League for Public Policy accepts the Hunger-Free Michigan Award.(Sara Martin/MDOT Photography Unit)

LANSING, Mich. - The holidays are a time to focus on those in need, but a Michigan advocate is being honored for her year-round efforts to eliminate hunger and poverty in the state. Gilda Jacobs, president and chief executive of the Michigan League for Public Policy, recently was presented the Hung

Credit unions hope to share and further their good works through a contest now under way. Courtesy: Michigan Credit Union League

LANSING, Mich. - Credit unions have a long history of involvement with community causes, and a contest under way aims to showcase that and make more charitable work possible. "Share The Love" is a nationwide contest, in which credit unions are being asked to create a short video showcasing their g

About 30,000 pounds of venison are collected each year in Michigan to feed hungry families. Credit: Scott Bauer/USDA

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's deer hunting season is expected to be better than last year, which could mean more food for the state's hungry. Michigan Sportsman Against Hunger collects about 30,000 pounds of venison each year that is processed and donated to charities that feed people in need. Prog

Older baby boomers may be more vulnerable to hunger than other age groups, according to a new report. Credit: gleangenie/

DETROIT - As the Baby Boom generation continues its march toward senior status, experts say particular economic and health factors make them more vulnerable to hunger than other age groups. According to the latest Feeding America report, 13 million adults age 50 and older now receive some sort of c

Initiatives at farmers markets across Michigan hope to encourage healthy eating and purchasing habits at an early age. Courtesy of USDA.

DETROIT, Mich. - Summertime in Michigan means produce is peaking, and initiatives at many farmers markets aim to capture the attention and shape the eating habits of the state's youth. Summer camp, cooking classes, and gardening lessons for kids are among the offerings at some Michigan farmers ma

PHOTO: The number of children participating in federal Summer Nutrition Programs is on the rise in Michigan and across the nation, but advocates say there are still far too many children going hungry during the summer. Photo credit: anitapeppers/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. – The lazy days of summer are just around the corner, but those can also be the hungriest days for many children in Michigan. That's why there's a campaign to increase awareness and participation in Summer Nutrition Programs. According to a new report from the Food Research

PHOTO: The Double Up Food Bucks program, which allows SNAP recipients to double their benefits at participating famers markets, will soon expand to more locations around the state. Photo credit: Xavier Gallardo/Morguefile.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A program that allows low-income Michigan families to stretch their food assistance dollars will soon be able to help even more households bring home fresh fruits and vegetables, thanks to a major grant. Utilizing the Double Up Food Bucks program, Michiganders who receive Supplem

PHOTO: Portable breakfast options, or

LANSING, Mich. - It's the most important meal of the day, and a new report finds that more Michigan children in high-poverty areas are starting the school day with a healthy breakfast. According to the Food Research and Action Center, nearly 330,000 kids across the state took part in the federal Sc

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