More college students are eligible for food stamps during the pandemic — but many don’t know that

BY: - April 19, 2021

When the pandemic first hit last year, many college students were left unemployed when businesses closed and colleges went virtual, creating an even greater population of young adults in Michigan who struggle with food insecurity. But this problem isn’t new in Michigan.  In 2015, almost 1.5 million people in Michigan were food insecure, or struggle […]

Vilsack keys in on food insecurity and nutrition in USDA budget request

BY: - April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition programs in the president’s budget request, as well as the agency’s focus on programs to address longtime racial discrimination. “Normally I would talk to you all about numbers in the budget,” Vilsack, the former governor of […]


Column: I’m a teacher. Why am I considered expendable?

BY: - March 1, 2021

In the timeless movie “Almost Famous,” main character William Miller loses his temper. “Who am I to you?” he shouts. “WHO AM I TO YOU?”  He is yelling at a groupie – er, Band-Aid – with whom he had just spent the night, who was now tossing him her laundry on his way out the […]

Detroit group using $1M for food aid amid COVID-19 pandemic  

BY: - November 13, 2020

A Detroit nonprofit agency has been awarded a $1 million state grant to help Michiganders residents offset food access struggles exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) will launch Food Secure Detroit, a wide-reaching effort designed to empower eight agencies to provide meals, give residents access to fresh produce, offer cooking […]

Report: 600K Michigan adults don’t have enough to eat

BY: - September 26, 2020

A new report from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan research institute, shows that 613,000 adults in Michigan — 9% of the state’s adults— say their household doesn’t have enough to eat.  Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey earlier this month also shows that 259,000 Michigan adults report […]

Report: More than half of college students struggle with food, housing amid COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - August 27, 2020

Jasmine Jordan, a Michigan State University (MSU) senior, has endured a challenging last nine months. In December, she suffered a bout of pneumonia. In March, her grandmother, Jackie, died from COVID-19. Her parents also acquired coronavirus during the spring but have recovered. And, if all of that wasn’t enough, MSU officials in March abruptly closed […]


Column: Whitmer’s new poverty task force gets it right 

BY: - February 14, 2020

As a teacher, I heard a lot of axioms over the years that resonated with me: Students don’t care what you know until they know that you care; The very best teachers never stop learning; The best teachers teach from the heart, not the book. One lesson from a mentor teacher was particularly simple … […]

More than 1.3M Michiganders are battling hunger

BY: - November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving is known as a time for large family dinners and excessive amounts of leftovers, but for families struggling with food insecurity, the holiday can add an extra burden.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.” Almost 14% of […]