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Facts: The hunger epidemic in children and how you can help

Ionia County ISD

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-It’s unimaginable to hear that children are going to bed hungry. The childhood hunger epidemic is happening across the globe, and here in West Michigan communities. Together we can make a change. You know it’s happening, but do you really know the facts? Watch the video above to see how it’s impacting local communities, and how easy it is to help.

Resources: (Feeding America Map the Meal Gap, Food Research and Action Center, Food Security Plan, 2009, MLIVE, USDA ERS MAP, America’s Health Rankings United Health Foundation)


Six hundred and eighty-eight children ages 5-14 from 11 schools identify as food insecure, through a child referral process in Ionia and Montcalm counties. These children are served by the IM Kid’s 3rd Meal feeding program. To learn more visit the IM KIDS 3rd Meal website.

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