Here’s something to add to your growing list of reasons why you should drop everything and move to the Midwest (because God knows you’ve been secretly dreaming of this for years). A new service called the Michigan Good Food Fund is offering a loan service to businesses to boost low-income communities’ access to fresh, healthy food.

From Detroit Free Press:

[Michigan Good Food Fund] is a new public-private partnership that wants to increase underprivileged communities’ access to fresh produce and meat, while at the same time, expanding business opportunities for entrepreneurs. The organization will make $250,000-plus loans to businesses all along the supply chain from farmers and food processors to distributors and grocery stores; funders expect it to grow to $30 million.

The Healthy Food Access Campaign report, commissioned by the Philadelphia-based Food Trust this year, found that more than 1.8 million Michiganders, including an estimated 300,000 children, live in lower-income communities with limited supermarket access. Those areas include rural parts of the state, like Hillsdale, Tuscola, Sanilac, Coldwater and Allegan, and urban hubs, like Detroit and Flint.

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The fund’s list of goals to be met in the next five year are pretty lofty — such as providing 80 percent of Michigan residents with access to affordable food and incorporating food and agriculture into K-12 curriculums, for example. But seriously, Midwest, you may have climate change working against you (and who doesn’t, really), but you’ve been lookin’ mighty fine these days.

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