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Poverty Rates Rise 25 Percent In Six Years

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Poverty rates in Ingham County have risen 25 percent since 2007, according to a report released by the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

The report says 22.6 percent of the Ingham population is living at or below the poverty rate. That is the sixth highest in the state. The report also says that 24.2 percent of children are living at or below the poverty rate, a 31 percent increase from 2007.

Ingham was not the only county to see an increase during that time period. In Eaton County, poverty levels increased by about 12 percent and Clinton County saw an increase of more than 10 percent. Children's poverty rates also rose by 52 percent in Eaton and 64 percent in Clinton.

Since food stamp funding has been cut back by five percent, more people are at risk for going hungry. People who are most at risk of going hungry include children, veterans, families, seniors on fixed incomes, and people who are underemployed or unemployed.

The food bank reported that they provided nearly 5 million meals over the past year.

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