Michigan's food insecurity rate rising above national average
Food insecurity is rising in Michigan and is slightly above the national average, according to the latest federal data.
Why it matters: The share of households that can't reliably afford food has ticked up due to historic inflation rates and the disappearance of pandemic-era benefits, which affected vulnerable Americans last year.
Driving the news: People in 11.9% of Michigan households on average went without food because of money concerns between 2020 and 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found.
- The national rate for the same time frame was 11.2%.
Zoom in: In Detroit, 69% of households were food insecure in 2021, according to the Detroit Food Policy Council's latest data.
The big picture: The jump in nationwide food insecurity is more stark when 2022 is analyzed on its own, Axios' Emily Peck reports.
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