What is food security?

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity is having unreliable access to healthy food on a day-to-day basis. Food insecurity means skipping meals or buying cheaper, less nourishing food because it’s all you can afford.

Having a job does not guarantee food security. 30 percent of households served by Feeding America West Michigan and 80 percent of the households who receive government food assistance are working. Some are working more than one job. For the first time in five years, the percentage of people struggling with hunger in West Michigan is going up. Hunger threatens 1 in 7 people in our community, including 1 in 5 children.

Heart of West Michigan United Way is committed to tackling our community’s most pressing issues like housing, education, violence prevention, workforce development, transportation, and food security.

Every day, we are helping people receive essential, nutritious meals and gain greater food security. Last year, we helped:

  • 41,719 people access local food pantries.
  • 6,742 seniors receive congregate meals.
  • 453 people receive food and shelter after their homes were lost to a fire.
  • See more results at HWMUW.org/results.

On Day of Action, June 21, we will bring 400 volunteers together to pack 70,000 meals for local food pantries. Learn more about Day of Action and Day of Caring at HWMUW.org/events.