Flint Eats is hosting a launch event for an app that connects residents to healthy food

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

The launch event takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 18 at Ophelia Bonner Park, 5300 North Street, in Flint.

Flint Eats will enable residents to share and discover information about local food to buy from retailers, share food quality and cost at local food retailers, and share food preparation and nutrition tips, according to a Flint Eats news release.

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

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

The mobile application is designed and managed by Flint Innovative Solutions. The platform allows residents to share information about the quality of food available from retailers. In addition, local food providers can advertise healthy foods to the residents through the interface.

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

“Our goal is to get local retailers to provide healthy, high-quality food to the residents of Flint,” Athena McKay, CEO of Flint Innovative Solutions, said in a Flint Eats press 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 a map-based interface that provides visual indications of the high-quality food offerings available. It also includes a reference library to help residents learn about foods.

Authorized vendors for the event include Hamilton Community Health Network, 1st Haselbring Center, Healthier Black Elders, Flint City Police Department, Genesee Health System Bus and Oak Street Health.

Event sponsors include Flint Innovative Solutions, Keep Genesee Beautiful, and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Additional questions regarding the launch event should be directed to Athena McKay at 810-529-6607 or athena@flintinnovativesolutions.org. More information about Flint Eats or the launch event is available by visiting their Flint Eats Facebook page or their website at www.flintinnovativesolutions.org/flinteats.

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