Improving food access and nutrition education in Flint

In partnership with the Flint community and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MSU Extension continues building on existing healthy environment initiatives as well as introducing new interactive nutrition education kiosks.

Flint

Flint residents face ongoing challenges related to lead exposure and food access. In partnership with the Flint community and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State University Extension continues building on existing healthy environment initiatives as well as introducing new interactive nutrition education kiosks. 

The Refresh MI Store and Refresh MI Pantry initiative provides education and resources to help store owners and pantry directors create store and pantry environments that encourage and offer nutritious choices. Examples of modifications include increasing the range of nutritious food and drink options and adding nutrition education materials to food shelves. Located in corner stores and food pantries, nutrition education kiosks offer a self-directed learning experience where residents can learn about making healthy food choices as well as accessing and using food benefits.

  • 10 stores and 11 food pantries located in the greater Flint area are currently participating in the Refresh MI Store and Refresh MI Pantry initiatives.
  • 21 nutrition education kiosks will be installed in stores and food pantries in 2018.

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