FoodCorps AmeriCorps Members in Flint, Michigan’s Recovery from Lead Crisis

NationSwell talks to LaBria Lane, a FoodCorps AmeriCorps member with the Crim Fitness Foundation, as it examines how national service is helping Flint recover from its lead crisis.

LaBria Lane spends her days inside the greenhouses of Holmes STEM Academy, a middle school in Flint, Mich. She keeps her hair and nails short, ideal for gardening and teaching children the benefits of eating fresh produce.

“Fruits and vegetables are important everywhere, but if you zoom down into Flint and talk about the lead crisis, vitamins in fruits and vegetables help to deter lead from storing in the bones,” says Lane.

Lane is part of a group of service year corps members who began working in Flint in 2014 — the same time that the city’s lead situation was making headlines.