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2013 News Archives

  • Poverty For Kids Grows In Area

    February 1, 2013

    Livingston Daily - Despite Livingston County's relative affluence, child poverty and students on free lunches in the community increased more than the state average from 2005 to 2011, according to a new lobbyist report.

    The Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2012 found that continued high unemployment and lower household income have increasingly contributed to child poverty and students needing the free or reduced-price lunch program across the state.

  • Michigan Kids Count report: Rural areas also face child poverty, well-being issues

    January 31, 2013

    Michigan Live - LANSING, MI - A new report shows that some of Michigan’s relatively rural counties are among the hardest hit when it comes to child poverty and other measures of child well-being – and it suggests more spending on “safety net” programs could help address problems.

  • State puts out call for food program sponsors

    January 24, 2013

    Daily Tribune - A program that provides meals for children during summer months is under used because of a lack of local sponsors and sites to serve the meals, state education officials said.

    “Many families across Michigan are struggling, and we can’t have children going hungry in the summer when programs like this are available,” said Mike Flanagan, state school superintendent.