- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to provide extra nutrition support to help low-income residents of Flint amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

Following a request from the state, the USDA says Wednesday its Food and Nutrition Service will provide additional nutrient-rich food to Flint-area recipients of The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Nutritious food can limit the effects of lead exposure. If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities.

Working with local food banks and other organizations, the USDA will provide food boxes to more than 17,000 households for four months starting in September. The food will be in addition to the regular amount that recipients already get.

It’s the latest assistance to Flint from the USDA, which is working to boost access to healthy foods.

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