Coat drives near Battle Creek

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December 14, 2023

Coat drives near Battle Creek

For the first time since 2010, the poverty rate in America shot up dramatically in 2022, according to data from the Census Bureau. That means more Americans can't afford basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and utilities than has been the case in more than a decade.

But the situation isn't just affecting Americans living in poverty. United Way uses the term ALICE to refer to the increasing number of people who are asset-limited, income-constrained, and employed but are still not able to afford their basic needs. In 2021, 13% of Americans earned below the federal poverty level but many more, 29%, fell under the ALICE umbrella, according to the grassroots movement United for ALICE.

A study published in August 2022 from Brandeis University found that more than 75% of low-income families working full-time cannot cover the cost of basic needs. What's more, fewer than 1 in 5 low-income Hispanic and Black families in particular are able to afford the costs of a household budget. "Full-time work alone isn't enough to cover the everyday essentials most families need to support themselves," the study's lead author, Pamela Joshi, who holds a doctorate in social policy, said in a statement.

If you're looking for ways to help, particularly as the temperatures drop and the holidays approach, consider cleaning out your closet and donating a coat to those in need. To help point you in the right direction, Stacker compiled a list of coat drives near Battle Creek using data from One Warm Coat, a nonprofit that provides free coats to children and adults in need across America. Since 1992, they've given out more than 7.85 million coats.

"This is one very small way to take a step forward and do something very tangible," One Warm Coat CEO Beth Amodio told USA Today in October 2023. "It's impossible to change the world. But it is possible to change one person's experience, one person at a time."

Read on to find out where you can contribute.

Charitable Union
- Address: 85 Calhoun St, Battle Creek, MI 49017

Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
- Address: 448 N Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Bethany Christian Services
- Address: 6687 Seeco Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Birth Brite Company Inc
- Address: 1410 West Ganson St, Jackson, MI 49202

- Address: 4064 Holt Rd., Holt, MI 48842-1844

Eastside Community Action Center
- Address: 1001 Dakin St, Lansing, MI 48912

Buist Community Assistance Center
- Address: 870 74Th St Sw Ste B, Byron Center, MI 49315

Kent School Services Network (Meadowlawn & Townline Elementary)
- Address: 100 60Th St Se, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

In The Image
- Address: 4255 Kalamazoo Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Moosejaw East Lansing
- Address: 555 E Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823

Fairfield Inn & Suites
- Address: 3320 Preyde BLVD, Lansing, MI 48912

Moosejaw Grand Rapids
- Address: 410 Ionia Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

J.Crew Woodland #587
- Address: 3135 28th Street SE Space #D-109, Grand Rapids, MI, 49512

Our Hope Association
- Address: 324 Lyon St Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

FatFace Holland
- Address: 21 W 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423

This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Jaimie Etkin, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 395 metros.

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