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Good nutrition can help the children from Flint suffering from lead poisoning. Two of the nutrients that are especially helpful are calcium and iron. These two nutrients are often taken by children in the form of iron fortified cereal and milk. Is Kellogg doing anything to help this tragic situation in Michigan? It may be a good public relations effort and help some kids at the same time.

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Kellogg donates food to Flint water crisis volunteers

Our company has pledged to donate 14,000 pounds of food — primarily handheld snacks — to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to support volunteer workers assisting with the Flint water crisis.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has been engaged as part of a coordinated local response in Flint.

The organization has distributed more than 35 truckloads of water in the past three weeks. A large volunteer presence has developed to help with recovery efforts, which prompted Feeding America to request food donations for the volunteers.

Kellogg will provide products from our Detroit Direct Store Delivery (DSD) facility and may send more in the near future. Disaster relief efforts such as these are part of our Breakfasts for Better Days global signature cause.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation, as community leaders are now working on plans for ongoing nutrition, health and education needs for the children and families in Flint,” says Kris Charles, Vice President, Global Communications, Philanthropy and Sustainability.

How you can help Flint

Sealed bottles and jugs of water are being collected at the following locations:

  • B.C.P.D. (Battle Creek Pizza Department) in the Hobby Lobby Plaza at 5420 Beckley Road in Battle Creek from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Art Van Furniture stores throughout West Michigan through Feb. 11

Money donations can be made to United Way of the Genesee County, Flint Child Health and Development Fund of The Community Foundation of Greater Flint and the Red Cross. Visit www.helpforflint.com for more information about how funds will be used to provide clean water and water filters along with public health and community-based services.