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Food bank battling lead with nutrition

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder came to do a walk through for the very first time at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to go on a tour and to talk about nutrition.

“Let's work on food resources, nutrition resources, getting children access to particularly things like iron, higher in calcium, Vitamin C, because it can help with the lead to mitigate some of the negative impacts,” Snyder said. “I appreciate great volunteer work and a great organization.”

During the visit, Snyder volunteered by separating food items so that they could be sent out to those in need.

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan President Bill Kerr said that with the help of the governor and the Department of Health and Human Services, the food bank can work to counteract some of the lead damage.

“We will, here at the food bank and state, will continue to bring more nutritious food into the Flint community,” Kerr said. “Because it's certainly needed. The overall health of the children of the kids in the city, is really being addressed.”

Kerr said the food bank is coming out with mobile pantries that will ensure the people of Flint can get healthy and nutritious food.

Snyder said he thinks this will go a long way in helping the city recover.

“The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is doing a tremendous job here,” Snyder said. “One thing that they shared with me that I'm really excited about is now the supplemental that we got done with the $28 million, now we are going to have additional grant resources to do even more food bank work by having more truck out delivering fresh produce.”

The mobile pantries start on Feb. 22. The locations of them will be announced closer to the date.

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