Creating new programs and partnerships in Flint

Michigan State University Extension creates health resources to better the lives of those in Flint.

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Flint residents face ongoing challenges related to lead exposure and food access. In partnership with the Flint community and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State University Extension continues to build on existing efforts by creating new resources and programs including a healthy corner store and pantry initiative as well as a new cooking and nutrition lesson series.

The Refresh MI Store and Refresh MI Pantry initiative provides education and resources to help store owners and pantry directors create environments that encourage and offer nutritious choices to their patrons. Modification examples include increasing the range of nutritious food and drink options and adding nutrition education materials to food shelves. Cooking for One is a six-lesson series that teaches nutrition and cooking basics.

  • Throughout 2017, Cooking for One is being piloted with multiple groups of Flint residents with a focus on seniors, youth aging out of foster care, persons with disabilities and single adults.
  • Seven stores and 10 food pantries located in the greater Flint area are currently participating in the Refresh MI Store and Refresh MI Pantry initiatives.

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