Did you know that more than 1.8 million Michigan residents, including an estimated 300,000 children live in areas without access to healthy food? Understandably, these families generally buy and eat what is available, not what’s healthy. As a result, underserved communities in Michigan – both urban and rural – are often characterized by diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other serious health problems. Without access to fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and dairy, a nutritious diet and good health is out of reach.
Affordable, nutritious food should be available to all Michiganders and healthy food access programs can help. Healthy food access legislation can assist local business owners to open, expand, and improve grocery stores and corner stores in neighborhoods of need. Funding can also be used for other projects including outreach programs, farmers' markets, mobile markets, and delivery/distribution projects that improve the availability and quality of fresh produce and other healthy foods.
Please sign our petition in support of legislation that will help improve access to affordable, nutritious food!