New data rank Michigan as the 14th hungriest state in the country

IMG_0715Bread for the World’s annual hunger report highlights trends and issues surrounding poverty.

The data shows that hunger is most consistent in areas with concentrated poverty.Or when forty percent or more of the population lives below the poverty line.

Asma Lateef is the director of the Bread for the World Institute.

She said concentrated poverty areas for Michigan are generally in urban area… think cities like Detroit and Warren. She says there are multiple routes to help people climb out of poverty.

“Investment in jobs is really critical. But then we also need to invest in people. Education is really important. Health care is really important. Addressing those kinds of things. You know safe and affordable housing is really important. Those things are a basis for strong future for children”.

Lateef said hunger is a solvable problem, and the best way to combat it is to encourage elected officials to make ending hunger a national priority.