Farm-to-school programs give schools the chance to offer fresh fruits and vegetables for lunch. Photo courtesy of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, a partner of the Farm-to-School Network.

Homegrown and served without a moan

Cultivate Michigan promotes the use of local produce into meal plans at large institutions such as schools and hospitals.

Residents in older houses are exposed to lead dust from paint while opening and closing windows.

Lead poisoning is statewide, help is not

Federal authorities offer a handful of grants each year to provide lead abatement services, but because the competition is so fierce, they go to bigger metropolitan areas. Rural communities are left to fend for themselves to address lead problems that cause a myriad of serious health effects.