Lansing legislation seeks to provide food for underserved communities

LANSING, Mich. – A bill is making its way through the Michigan legislature that aims to provide $6.5 million towards providing fresh and nutritious food for underserved communities

The legislation, initially filed in December, will be promoted Thursday at a farmers market on the Capitol lawn in Lansing.  The money would provide grants and loans for grocery stores and local public health agencies.

The intent is to help grocery stores and other retailers in low- and moderate-income areas to open, renovate, or expand in order to provide fruit, vegetables and other fresh food.

Entities receiving the financing would have to accept cards from residents who qualify for government food assistance.

The bill sponsor, Republican Rep. Dave Pagel of White Lake, is an apple farmer who says expanding access to healthy food will help people live healthier lives.

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