MSU Trustees focus on Flint nutrition needs

Vehicles make their way through downtown Flint, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Residents in the former auto-making hub — a poor, largely minority city — feel their complaints about lead-tainted water flowing through their taps have been slighted by the government or ignored altogether. For many, it echoes the lackluster federal response to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – MSU officials continued to offer a helping hand for the city of Flint.

Earlier today MSU administrators briefed the University’s Board of Trustees on how efforts in Flint are going.

Those talks narrowed specifically on city programs that bring awareness to long-term nutrition.

One university official we spoke to says lead-contaminated water is not the only problem Flint residents face.

“So in the last few years we’ve lost five grocery stores within the city and then immediately surrounding. The grocery stores we do have left tend to be small independent grocery stores,” said Rick Sadler of the MSU division of Public Health. “The mark-ups are fifteen to twenty percent higher and there are a number of neighborhoods where you can’t walk to a grocery store of any kind.”

Back in 2013 the city moved its farmers market downtown.

Sadler studied the move and found direct sales nearly tripled.

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