Flint Eats hosting launch party for app that connects residents with healthy food

FLINT, MI – A mobile app designed to connect Flint residents with healthy food by using map interface and information sharing will host a launch party this weekend.

The launch party takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Ophelia Bonner Park, 5300 North St., in Flint.

Flint Eats will enable residents to share and discover information about local food for purchase at retailers, share quality and cost of food at local food retailers and share food preparation and nutrition tips, according to the Flint Eats news release.

The event also marks the re-grand opening of the park, which has been cleaned up to become a community gathering place once again.

The event will include food, kickball, raffle prizes and a community resource fair. Attendees should bring a lawn chair to the event.

The mobile app was designed and is managed by Flint Innovative Solutions. The platform allows residents to share information about quality food that is available from retailers. In addition, local food providers are able to advertise healthy food to residents through the interface.

Users can download the app from Google Play Store or the App Store.

“Our goal is to get local retailers to provide high quality healthy food to Flint residents,” Athena McKay, executive director for Flint Innovative Solutions, said in a Flint Eats news release. “We also want to educate residents on how to make smart eating habits.”

Flint Eats allows residents to share information with each other through the map-based interface that provides visual indicators about available quality food offerings. It also includes a reference library to help residents learn about foods.

Confirmed vendors for the event include Hamilton Community Health Network, Hasselbring Senior Center, Healthier Black Elders, City of Flint Police Department, Genesee Health System’s bus and Oak Street Health.

Sponsors for the event include Flint Innovative Solutions, Keep Genesee Beautiful and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Additional questions regarding the launch party should be directed to Athena McKay at 810-529-6607 or [email protected]. More information regarding Flint Eats or the launch party is available by visiting their Facebook page at Flint Eats or their website at www.flintinnovativesolutions.org/flinteats.

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