Flint families can get nutritious food; dates announced for November mobile food bank stops

LANSING, MI – Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for November at locations throughout Flint.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are announcing the upcoming schedule for mobile food pantry stops to distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron.

Each family will receive nutritional food such as tuna, baked beans, potatoes, cereal and fresh apples, peppers and tomatoes. The program began in February and is funded as part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s $28 million supplemental budget request signed in January.

Food distribution sites remain open while supplies last. Upcoming dates are:

  • Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. – Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road.
  • Monday, Nov. 7, at 10:30 a.m. – Calvary United Methodist Church, 2111 Flushing Road.
  • Friday, Nov. 11, at noon – Richfield Academy, 3807 N. Center Road.
  • Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. – Salem Lutheran Church, 2610 Martin Luther King Ave.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. – Hispanic Tech Center, 2101 Lewis St.
  • Thursday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. – Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road.
  • Friday, Nov. 18, at noon – St. Luke New Life Center, 3115 Lawndale St.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. – Flint Muslim Food Pantry, 4400 S. Saginaw St.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22, at noon – St. Michael Catholic Church, 609 E. Fifth Ave.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. – Salem Lutheran Church, 2610 Martin Luther King Ave.
  • Monday, Nov. 28, at noon – Church Without Walls, 6202 Dupont St.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. – North End Soup Kitchen, 735 E. Stewart Ave.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. – Hispanic Tech Center, 2101 Lewis St.

Information about additional food distribution dates will be announced as they are scheduled. For more information, visit the Food Bank website at www.FBEM.org or call 810-239-4441.

Flint Institute of Arts receives grant from PNC for children’s art program

FLINT, MI – As the lead crisis remains at the forefront of citizens’ concerns, The Flint Institute of Arts has received a $100,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support a new Head Start-based Success through Art (START) program designed to benefit children, ages 3 to 5, who are participating in the Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and Child Care Network of Flint.

The grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), will allow the Flint Institute of Arts to reach 3,100 Flint-area preschool children each year for the next three years. Representatives from the Flint Institute of Arts will provide training, primarily in classrooms, that will focus on language, early literacy, cognitive skill, math and emotional skill development—areas that have been identified as challenging for children who have been exposed to lead.

“PNC is committed to strengthening the communities where we do business,” said Tim Salisbury, PNC regional president for Mid-Michigan. “This program will focus on the long-term well-being of Flint’s most vulnerable residents—children aged 3 to 5—by addressing the well-known link between early childhood arts education and higher achievement in other cognitive and academic domains.“

In addition to the educational sessions provided by the Flint Institute of Arts, each participating family will receive family literacy kits, as well as PNC Grow Up Great passports and digital book downloads.

“The START program is ideal for providing multisensory and experiential learning and an art-rich environment to support creative development and improve school readiness of children from the ages of three to five,” said Monique M. Desormeau, Flint Institute of Arts Curator of Education.

To learn more about the PNC Grow Up Great initiative, go to www.pncgrowupgreat.com. Follow PNC at Twitter.com/PNCNews and YouTube.com/PNC.

Report says Flint picked for funding to invest in healthy food projects

Two local grass roots organizations have been awarded funding to help continue their push to build grocery stores on Flint’s north side.

Fresh Start CDC, Inc and North Flint Reinvestment Corporation will receive $40,000 each from the Catalytic Investment Awards from Michigan Good Food Fund, according to a Nov. 18 Mlive.com article.

The program is a statewide loan fund aimed at increasing health food access in Michigan.

Local community leaders spearheading the grocery story projects say the funds will be used to help with the predevelopment plans for the two proposed stores.

Read more about the award here.