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Legislation introduced to help with water and nutritional needs

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3.	Congressman Moolenaar meets with Melissa Mays in Flint on March 12, 2016. (Source: Congressman Moolenaar) 3. Congressman Moolenaar meets with Melissa Mays in Flint on March 12, 2016. (Source: Congressman Moolenaar)
2.	Congressman Moolenaar meets with U.S. Public Health Service in Flint on March 12, 2016. (Source: Congressman Moolenaar) 2. Congressman Moolenaar meets with U.S. Public Health Service in Flint on March 12, 2016. (Source: Congressman Moolenaar)
1.	Congressman Moolenaar meets with LeeAnne Walters and her son Gavin in Flint on March 12, 2016. (Source: Congressman Moolenaar) 1. Congressman Moolenaar meets with LeeAnne Walters and her son Gavin in Flint on March 12, 2016. (Source: Congressman Moolenaar)

A local Congressman has teamed up with other lawmakers and introduced a safe water and nutrition act to help Flint and communities across the country with water infrastructure and nutritional needs.

Congressman John Moolenaar, along with seven other Michigan congressmen and congresswomen, introduced the Safe Water and Nutrition Access Act.

The legislation would make Flint eligible for $20 million in emergency water infrastructure grants and would help with construction of new water sources, treatment facilities and waterline extensions.

It would also make Flint eligible for $5 million that can be used to bring nutritious food to the city, and another $5 million that could be used to distribute locally or regionally produced food.

The legislation would also pave the way for $40 million in grants for rural communities for new water sources, improvements to treatment of water and wastewater utilities.

Read the full bill here.

Moolenaar issued the following statement about the legislation:

"As a Mid Michigan resident it is important to me to find ways to help rural communities in Michigan along with our neighbors in Flint.

"I have visited Flint and met with families, elected officials, and researchers in the community. I have listened to them about the issues they are facing and as a member of the Agriculture Committee, I worked on nutrition. It's hard to raise a family without safe drinking water and harder still when you have to travel a long distance to get healthy food for your kids. This legislation makes Flint eligible for $10 million in financing that will help with food access in underserved areas of the community.

"Rural communities in my district and across Michigan also have water safety concerns and this legislation eliminates barriers to federal grants for water infrastructure financing and technical assistance.

"This legislation is a step forward that I hope will bring greater nutrition access to Flint and safer drinking water to all our communities."

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