hunger http://michiganradio.org en How Michigan hunters help solve the state’s hunger problem http://michiganradio.org/post/how-michigan-hunters-help-solve-state-s-hunger-problem <p>With Michigan’s hunting season underway, one group of sportsmen is urging their fellow hunters to make a difference with each buck they bag.</p><p><a href="http://www.sportsmenagainsthunger.org/">Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger</a> connects hunters, processors and charities to help feed the hungry.</p><p>But how does a deer taken in Kalkaska wind up on the tables of hungry families?</p><p>Neal Easterbook, the vice president of MSAH, talks with us about the group.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:51:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 15347 at http://michiganradio.org How Michigan hunters help solve the state’s hunger problem Michiganders who get government food assistance will feel funding cut this week http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-who-get-government-food-assistance-will-feel-funding-cut-week <p>Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who rely on government programs to put food on their table will be getting less money to buy groceries starting November First.</p><p>Back in 2009, the federal government pumped billions of dollars into food assistance programs. The money came from the federal economic stimulus. But that ends November first. &nbsp;After that, Michiganders getting help buying food from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see their monthly benefits drop by about five to ten percent.</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15001 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders who get government food assistance will feel funding cut this week 85,000 Michigan recipients without food assistance http://michiganradio.org/post/85000-michigan-recipients-without-food-assistance <p><br>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials were working through the night to fix an error that left 85,000 recipients of food assistance without enough money on their state-issued Bridge Cards.<br><br>The error has been affecting recipients with account numbers ending in "0" - or about 10 percent of Michigan's 1.8 million residents receiving food assistance. Their electronic debit cards weren't loaded with money as expected because of an unspecified human error.<br><br>State spokesman Kurt Weiss says employees have been working "around the clock" to correct the problem.<br> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:16:22 +0000 The Associated Press 10616 at http://michiganradio.org Program keeps Detroit students well-fed through the holidays http://michiganradio.org/post/program-keeps-detroit-students-well-fed-through-holidays <p>Some Detroit Public Schools are open part-time over the two-week holiday break.</p><p>The district&rsquo;s Holiday Learning Fest program tries to keep kids engaged in fun academic activities. But it also aims to keep them well-fed.</p><p>On Thursday, volunteers handed out food baskets to parents as they picked up their kids. Gleaners and the United Way donated the fresh food baskets.</p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:38:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5589 at http://michiganradio.org Program keeps Detroit students well-fed through the holidays Emergency food providers stretched thin in suburban Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-food-providers-stretched-thin-suburban-detroit <p>People on the front lines of food insecurity in suburban Detroit say things are grim: demand is growing as federal and state food programs are cut.</p><p>In Macomb County, anti-hunger advocates are overwhelmed with need. The number of people needing emergency food assistance has almost doubled between 2008 and 2010.</p><p>John Kastler is with Gleaners Community Food Bank. He said those funds, particularly from the federal government, &ldquo;really did make it a lot easier to stock the pantries and put food on the table.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;And when you talk about these programs being cut and the funding disappearing&hellip;it really does put people in crisis,&rdquo; Kastler said.</p><p>Sue Figurski, coordinator of the Macomb Food Program, said the state&rsquo;s recent decision to implement <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9PSFQ3G0.htm">an asset test for food stamp applicants</a> has put even more strain on food pantries--and proved a degrading process for many seeking help.</p><p>&ldquo;Do you think anybody really and truly wants to be on food stamps? Not be able to take care of their family? Not the people we talk to,&rdquo; Figurski said.</p><p>Last month, <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111103/METRO03/111030402/Macomb-to-focus-on-hunger">Macomb County officials started a Food Policy Council</a> to deal with the problem of growing hunger and declining resources. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 04:56:01 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5344 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency food providers stretched thin in suburban Detroit