Increasing Access to Healthier Foods in Michigan

The American Heart Association in Michigan, funded by a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids, are encouraged by a new law that will help mitigate food insecurity issues in Michigan. Public Act 239 of 2017, known as the “Grocery Store Bill,” will allocate approximately $12 to $15 million toward increasing healthier food options in Michigan over the next five years. The goal is to ensure that underserved areas of the state get access to fruits and vegetables. In exchange, participating eligible properties for development or existing businesses, including small grocers or other stores, can apply for incentives that include grants, loans, or other economic assistance.