Not just providing affordable solutions, but also healthy ones

Child and youth hunger is a significant issue across the entire state of Michigan. Every year hundreds of thousands of kids are not fed enough. Schools have remedied this issue with lunch stipends, and plans which provide low-cost food, or food for free.

The "Good Food Access Report" noted the 59% of Michigan residents have limited access to "good food". By this they mean food which is healthy, affordable, and was produced/cultivated in an environmental way.

Consider: "Access to good food - food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable - is an issue for individuals, families and communities in every county in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau, used census tracts to identify areas in Michigan with “limited access” to a grocery store – i.e., a population of low- and moderateincome residents, a below-average density of grocery stores, and travel limitations to stores due to store distance, lack of vehicle access and lack of public transportation infrastructure. MDA found that every county in the state has at least one area (often more) that met this definition, and that 59 percent of all Michigan residents live in a limited access area. Approximately 54 percent of all census tracts in Michigan lack reasonable access to retail grocery stores that offer healthy and affordable fresh produce, along with meat, poultry, milk and dairy products."

Programs around the state have been initiated to allow more economically feasible access to food.

My question to the caucus is do you think this food fits the qualifications of "Good Food"?

If it doesn't how can we ensure that it does, while also limiting costs?

http://www.michiganfood.org/uploads/files/Good_Food_Access_Report.pdf

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