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You can help fight lead in your body with nutrition!

A nutritious diet can help reduce lead absorption in the body.

  1. Choose a range of nutrient-dense food for overall health and to help make sure you have enough iron, calcium and vitamin C in your body.
  2. Eat regular meals and snacks.
  3. When preparing food, be sure to wash and cook with safe water



Iron can make it harder for lead to be absorbed in the body. Sources of iron include:

  • Red meat, fish and chicken
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and collard greens
  • Whole-grain: cereal, bread and pasta
  • Dried fruit
  • Beans, peas and lentils

Vitamin C is important for skin and bone health. Together with iron it may also help reduce lead absorption. Vitamin C is found in many fruit and vegetables. Sources of vitamin C include:

  • Citrus fruit, like oranges and grapefruit, and their juices
  • Tomatoes and tomato juice
  • Veggies such as peppers, broccoli, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and more!
  • Fruit like peaches, strawberries, pears, watermelon and more!


Calcium keeps your bones strong and can help reduce lead absorption. Sources of calcium include:

  • Milk and milk products, like cheese and yogurt
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and collard greens
  • Calcium-fortified orange juice
  • Tofu
  • Canned salmon and sardines (both with the bones in)

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Beyond grocery stores and the Farmers Market, Flint families can get nutritious food at various mobile food bank stops.

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

An average of 400 families will receive food with each distribution. Each family will receive nutritional food such as tuna, baked beans, potatoes, cereal and fresh apples, peppers and tomatoes.

The schedule of all food distributions can be found at the top of the nutrition page.

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

The Greater Flint Health Coalition’s program, Commit to Fit, has created a database of cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes being offered by multiple organizations throughout the city. The calendar can be found here.

MTA has a special grocery store route for residents living on the Eastside of Flint. More information on this program can be found here.

Food Assistance in Genesee County

Commodities Food Program

This supplemental food program is designed to help low-income people aged 60 and up. Food is provided once a month. Call 810-789-3746 or 810-232-2185 for details.

Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB)

Get FREE fresh fruits and vegetables when you shop with your Bridge Card at the Flint Farmers’ Market and participating grocery stores in Flint.

It’s easy with Double Up Food Bucks™!

FFF1615_WebCrop_WhiteHere’s how it works: If you buy any fruit, veggies, or milk with your Bridge Card at a participating site, you get a dollar-for-dollar match of FREE Double Up Food Bucks to spend on any fresh fruits or vegetables. Download our Flint program flyer in English or in Spanish.

Double Up sites in Flint include:

  • Flint Farmers’ Market 300 East First St., Tues & Thurs 9am-6pm, Sat 8am-5pm
  • Great Giant Supermarket 5204 Saginaw St., Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-7pm
  • Hutchinson Food and Drug 6509 N Saginaw St., Mon-Sat 9am-8pm,Sun 9am-6pm
  • Landmark Food Center 206 West Pierson Rd., Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-7pm
  • Landmark Food Center 4644 Fenton Rd., Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-7pm
  • The Local Grocer 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Mon-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 10am-2pm

How does Double Up work in Flint?
In the Double Up program in Flint, any purchase of milk or fresh, frozen, dried, or canned fruits and vegetables (with no added salt, sugar, or oil) with your Bridge Card earns you free Double Up Food Bucks to spend on any fresh fruits and vegetables at that store or other participating sites in Flint. You can earn up to $20 in Double Up credits per day; they are earned and spent on a Double Up Food Bucks card.

How can I sign up?
Customers just need to sign-up once to use Double Up at any participating site in Flint. Bring your State ID and Bridge Card with you. At the Flint Farmers’ Market, go to the Friends of the Farmers Market booth. At participating grocery stores, go to the customer service desk. Staff will help you get started! Remember to sign up before shopping with your Bridge Card.

What do I need to bring?
Bring your Bridge Card, State ID, and Double Up Food Bucks Card to shop.

Who qualifies for Double Up?
It’s easy! Anyone receiving federal food assistance or food stamp benefits is automatically eligible: if you have a Bridge Card, you can use this program.

What earns Double Up Food Bucks?
Any purchase of milk or fresh, frozen, dried, or canned fruits and vegetables (with no added salt, sugar, or oil) with your Bridge Card earns you free Double Up Food Bucks.

What can I buy with the Double Up Food Bucks I earn?
The Double Up Food Bucks credits you earn can be spent on any fresh fruits and vegetables in that store or other participating Double Up locations in Flint.

What if I have questions?
Call us at 866-586-2796.

When does the program run?
The program runs all year long in Flint.

Does Double Up Food Bucks match WIC?
No, WIC purchases are not eligible for matching Double Up Food Bucks dollars.

What if I do not have SNAP (food stamps) or a Bridge Card?
Call the Center for Civil Justice at 810.238.8053 Monday through Friday for help in determining whether you may be eligible for SNAP; they can also support you throughout the application process. You can also visit the for additional information.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP provides healthy foods to qualified families and individuals once every 3 months. Call GCCARD at 810-789-3746 or 810-232-2185 for details.

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan can connect you with food assistance programs. Call 810-239-4441 for details.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The SNAP program (formerly called food stamps) provides low-income residents with money to purchase food, including:

• Fruits and vegetables
• Breads and cereals
• Dairy, meat, fish and poultry

You’re also allowed to buy seeds and food-producing plants with your SNAP benefits to grow your own food. Apply for SNAP at or call the Genesee County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) at 810-760-2200.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children)

The WIC program supplies extra food for low-income pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, infants and children up to 5 years old who are at nutritional risk. Foods provided through WIC include:

• Infant formula and iron-fortified cereals
• Fruits and vegetables rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C
• Whole grain bread and cereals
• Eggs, milk and cheese

To apply for WIC, call 800-262-4784 (toll-free) or 810-237-4537.

WIC-Project Fresh

If you receive WIC benefits, you’re eligible to receive Project Fresh coupons to buy locally grown fruits and veggies! This program runs from June 1 through October 31 each year. For more information contact Genesee County WIC at 810-237-4537 or MSU Extension at 810-244-8500.

Yes, this is a cost effective way to eat healthy.

Claims that a detox can remove lead from your body have not been scientifically proven and are not recommended.  Although we do not know of any one thing that will remove previously absorbed lead, we do know that the best way to combat further absorption is through a healthy diet.  Foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron will help to prevent any future absorption of lead. Being as healthy as you can will enable your body to fight any problems that may arise from lead absorption in the future.

Lead Fighting Recipes

· Makes 4–6 servings
1 1/2 cups of quick cooking oats
1/3 cup of peanut butter
1/3 cup of fruit jelly or jam
• Follow the package directions to cook oats.
• Spoon peanut butter and jelly on top of cooked oatmeal.
• Stir and spoon into bowls.
• Serve with low-fat milk.

· Makes 4–6 servings

3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup of low-fat milk
Vegetable oil
6 slices of bread
2 bananas, sliced
• Mix eggs and milk.
• Lightly coat pan with vegetable oil. Use medium heat.
• Dip bread into egg mixture, so that bread is covered.
• Brown one side of bread in pan.
• Sprinkle top with cinnamon.
• Turn over bread and brown the other side. Top with
sliced banana.
• Serve with low-fat milk.

· Makes 2–3 servings

3 eggs
1 tablespoon of low-fat milk
Vegetable oil
3 tablespoons of cheese

• Mix eggs and milk in a bowl.
• Lightly coat pan with vegetable oil. Use medium heat.
• Add egg mixture and cook.
• When omelet is cooked on the bottom, add cheese.
• When cheese is melted, fold omelet in half.
• Top with salsa if you like.
• Serve with toast, fruit, and low-fat milk.

· Makes 1 serving

2 slices of bread
2 slices of American cheese
1 slice of tomato
Vegetable oil

• Make sandwich using bread, cheese, and tomato.
• Lightly coat pan with vegetable oil.
• Brown sandwich on both sides over low
heat to melt the cheese.
• Serve with low-fat milk or fruit juice.

· Makes 2 servings

4 slices of bread
1 can of water packed tuna
4 teaspoons of low-fat mayonnaise
Onion and celery, chopped

• Mix tuna with low-fat mayonnaise, onion, and celery.
• Try your sandwich with cheese and tomato.
• Serve with low-fat milk.

· Makes 4–6 servings
1 pound of lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 cup of tomato sauce
Your choice of seasonings
5 hamburger buns or pita pocket breads

• In a pan, cook lean ground meat, onion,
and green pepper until meat is well done.
• Drain fat.
• Stir in tomato sauce and seasonings.
• Cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
• Spoon into hamburger bun or pita.
• Serve with fruit juice.

· Makes 2–3 servings

1 bagel
2 tablespoons of tomato sauce
Garlic, basil, or oregano
2 tablespoons of cheddar cheese or part-skim mozzarella

• Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
• Slice open a bagel and place on a flat pan.
• Add tomato sauce, seasonings, and cheese.
• Bake for 3 minutes or until cheese melts.
• Serve with fruit juice.

· Makes 3–5 servings

4 cups of cooked macaroni
3 cups of grated cheddar cheese Vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of margarine 2 cups of low-fat milk
2 tablespoons of flour Salt and pepper

• Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat casserole
dish with vegetable oil.
• Mix cooked macaroni with grated cheese and pour
into casserole.
• Melt margarine in a pan. Remove from heat, stir in
flour. Return to heat.
• Add low-fat milk slowly, stirring until smooth.
• Season with salt and pepper to taste.
• Pour over macaroni. Stir.
• Cover. Bake for 30 minutes.
• Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.

· Makes 6–8 servings

3 pounds of frying chicken, cut up into small pieces
Vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
28 ounce can of stewed tomatoes
Poultry seasoning

• Lightly coat pot with vegetable oil. Use medium heat.
• Cook chicken until it is well done.
• Add can of stewed tomatoes.
• Add vegetables and seasoning.
• Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
• Serve with rice or noodles.

· Makes 2–3 servings

1 cup of low-fat milk
1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries, mashed
1 ripe banana, mashed

• Mix all together in a blender or use a wire whisk.
• Eat as a snack or for dessert.

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