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Federal government helping poor Flint families get access to healthy food

fresh vegetables at a grocery store.
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Michigan Radio

The federal government will soon begin offering 17,000 Flint households monthly packages of healthy foods.

Working with local food banks and feeding organizations, USDA will provide an additional 14-pound nutrient-targeted food package, containing foods rich in calcium, iron, and Vitamin C. The intent is to limit the absorption of lead from Flint’s tainted drinking water.

Kevin Concannon is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He says the state has been helping since the city’s water emergency was declared earlier this year.

“But their funds are scheduled to expire in September,” says Concannon. “This will pick up when their funding expires and extend it by another four months.”

The federal government is also providing money to assist Flint area schools purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.  

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