Facts about hunger, homelessness and the work of the Jr. Bed & Bread Club in our community
- In 2006, nearly 37 million people lived in poverty.*
- In that same year, 35.5 million Americans lived in food-insecure households; 22.8 million adults and 12.6 million children.*
- Research indicates that even mild “undernutrition” experienced by young children during critical periods of growth impacts the behavior of children, their school performance and their overall cognitive development.*
- The state’s poverty rate rose to 14 percent in 2007, with no sign of a turnaround.
- About one in five Michigan children lives in poverty — higher than the overall state poverty rate.
- An estimated one in three Detroiters lives in poverty, making the city the poorest in the country.
- The Detroit area leads the nation in unemployment with a rate of 8.9 percent.
The Bed & Bread Club:
- Over the years, The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club, including the Jr. Bed & Bread Club, has raised millions of dollars to help the hungry and homeless of metropolitan Detroit.
- The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club provides an average of 5,000 meals for hungry families and individuals every day and safe shelter for more 570 men, women and children each night — right here in metropolitan Detroit.
We welcome your school's support through the Jr. Bed & Bread Club!