Health

Sandra Svoboda / WDET

FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   Hillary Clinton took a break over the weekend from stumping for support in New Hampshire to bring her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Flint, where the city faces a public health crisis due to lead in the drinking water.

Clinton’s visit capped an hours-long church revival meeting filled with songs, sermons, and a pastor with a sense of humor as he noted the packed seats at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church. 

“I got a question: Where y’all been?” asked Elder Kenneth Stewart to peals of laughter from the congregation.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials say identification isn't being required to get bottled water in Flint as part of an effort to ensure all residents, including immigrants living illegally in the country, get safe water amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water. 

Angela Minicuci, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Health and Human Services, told the Detroit Free Press some immigrants were initially denied water because they couldn't show ID.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Feeding America West Michigan says it expects to double the amount of food it will deliver to the Upper Peninsula this month.  

The food bank has changed its delivery model from collecting food at branch warehouses to distributing it via mobile food pantries.  Officials say under the new approach Feeding America West Michigan is bringing more food directly to agencies and people in need.  The agency expects to distribute 152,000 meals in the U.P. this month – an increase of 114 percent over February 2015. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Feeding America West Michigan is closing branch warehouses in Sault Ste. Marie and Ishpeming by the end of March.  

CEO Ken Estelle says the food bank needs a new distribution model for residents in need, and the warehouses just aren’t big enough.

“We just did not have the capacity in those branches to be able to meet the need in the community,” he says.  “And then over the past year we have been piloting a direct delivery process with some of the larger food pantries or meal programs.” 

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The federal government has denied Michigan's request to increase nutrition funding for older low-income Flint children who may be affected by the city's lead-tainted water.  

Governor Rick Snyder says Saturday in a release that the January 27th request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture was for supplemental funding through the Women, Infants and Children program. It would have covered children up to age 10.

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