Michigan boosts healthy food efforts amid Flint water crisis

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Michigan is boosting efforts to provide healthy food to Flint residents amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says Thursday it’s awarding $100,000 to Feeding America West Michigan to help distribute up to 2 million pounds of frozen vegetables per year. The DEQ says half will be sent to the Flint-based Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The food banks are partnering with Arbre Farms of Walkerville. Overall, the DEQ says frozen vegetables will be packaged and distributed to people in 62 Michigan counties.

Nutritious food can limit the effects of lead exposure. If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities.

Other organizations getting grants include the Delta Institute, the Wayne County Airport Authority and Love INC of the Tri-Cities.

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