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Flint residents plagued by lack of fresh food

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Years before the water crisis gained national attention, the area hardest hit by the toxic water was impacted by another crisis - the departure of two major grocery stores.

"The residents of Flint in the north end have been categorized to live in a virtual food desert," said Elder Sanders, Flint resident.

He is part of an economic task force created by Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. The task force brings together businesses, foundations, public entities and the faith community to mitigate the effects of toxic water on residents.

The task force determined a large grocery store is not sustainable in the north end of Flint. They came up with a two fold plan to address the issues. One is to enhance existing grocers and the other is to bring two new additional stores.

In the meantime, they're focused on the next steps.

"Property and land acquisition. Two, a business model that will allow it to be sustainable to support the community. And three is funding," said George Wilkinson, with the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

The first proposed site is in the area of Saginaw Street, north of downtown. The second store would be on Clio and Pierson Road at the site of the old Kroger.

The idea is by promoting healthy foods that are high in iron, calcium, vitamin C and other nutrients, residents will build up shields to protect against the harmful effects of lead.

The group hopes to have one of the stores open by next fall. The second store would open sometime in 2018.

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