How these Michigan Farmers & Veterans Support Families Participating in SNAP

After September 11, 2001, Jeremy Huffman and Adam Ingrao felt compelled to act. They joined the military to serve their country. But after their service concluded they sought their next mission, which they found through agriculture and providing healthy food to their community.

“It’s not just about access to food; it’s about access to hope.” – Adam Ingrao

As farmers and healthy food advocates, they discuss how their work supports families who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and specifically the families they have worked with in Flint, Michigan, dealing with the lead crisis.

We hear first from Jeremy.

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Originally posted on September 19, 2018.

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In Michigan, 15% of residents participate in SNAP.

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In Michigan, 18% of children are food insecure.


In Michigan, 15.1% of the overall population is food insecure.

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The percentage of residents participating in SNAP ranges from 6% in Wyoming to 23% in New Mexico.

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Priority Policy: SNAP

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Child food insecurity rates range from 9.4% in North Dakota to 26.3% in Mississippi.

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