Study specifies areas in Flint that need better food options

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A new study finds, healthy food options are still scarce for many areas in Flint.

"We found that poorer and high minority areas have less access to food," says study conductor, Rick Sadler. "Knowing that kind of detail neighborhood to neighborhood will be useful going forward."

The data collected by Michigan State researcher, Rick Sadler, is already being put to good use.

"We actually use the map that was created to look at spots that don't have good food access quality," says Flint Fresh board president, Pam Bailey. "So that's where we provide our mobile market stops that go right up to neighborhoods, places of business, and schools."

Sadler and his team assessed 265 local retail stores finding that many of them differed in food options and prices. The biggest thing was finding that many areas didn't even have a local grocery store option.

"In particular there are some neighborhood that were build in the 60's particularly on Carpenter rd on the east side of Flint," he says. "Atherton east, down Atherton and Dort. They weren't built with any kind of good urban planning ideas in mind. It was like they said, 'lets just put the public housing projects out here in the middle of no where and then they can figure it out on their own."

Sadler and Flint Fresh say they will continue working together to create healthier options for everyone in the city of Flint.

Sadler is also working on another study that will combine this data with a medical survey in the Flint area.