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Two projects in Detroit aiming to increase access to healthy food & spur economic development receive $75,000 By: Marge Sorge

Imagine what it would be like to want an apple, a pear, a banana or carrots, peas, or, yes, even broccoli, and there was no place to get them.

 

That’s what more than 1.8 million Michigan residents, including 300,000 children, face every day, according to the Michigan Good Food Fund. They live in lower?income communities with limited access to the fruits and vegetables they need to be healthy and avoid serious illnesses such as obesity.

Limited access to the right foods goes hand-in-hand with lack of economic development in their neighborhoods and the jobs more development could bring.

With that in mind, the Michigan Good Food Fund awarded $75,000 each from its Catalytic Investment Awards to two high-impact Detroit retail projects that will increase healthy food access and spark economic development in several neighborhoods. The goal is to help them grow their capacity to successfully secure financing within the next 12 months.

The two Detroit organizations receiving the awards are:

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