Nutrition and Lead
Well fed means less lead.
Exposure to unsafe levels of lead can cause serious health concerns, especially among children. What you eat can help! Take immediate action for yourself and your family by eating a healthy diet filled with iron, calcium and vitamin C.
Help your family with this important information about lead exposure and nutrition.
- Young children and pregnant women are at the greatest risk for lead poisoning from contaminated pipes.
- The body processes lead more quickly on an empty stomach, so eat small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day.
- Eat foods high in iron, calcium and vitamin C to help reduce the effects of lead.
Check It & Protect It
- Have your water tested to check whether your home has lead pipes by calling 1-800-424-LEAD or visiting this website
- Use a water filter – find examples and resources here
- Have your family tested for lead exposure – here are some ways how
- Eat regular meals and include healthy snacks for children – incorporate key nutrients using this guide
- Choose foods high in calcium, iron and vitamin C (see the chart below for ideas)
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, and for infants and children up to 5 years old who are at nutritional risk. Children under age 6 are more susceptible to lead absorption. Foods provided through WIC include: infant formula, fruit and vegetables rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C, whole-grain bread and cereals and iron-enriched cereals, eggs, milk and cheese.
- School Breakfast Program (SBP)
- Mobile Market
- Farmers Markets
- Healthy Eating Recipes
One great way to incorporate plenty of calcium, iron and vitamin C into your (and your family’s!) diets is to prepare meals at home made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients. Click the links below for easy, healthy recipes great for any occasion!
- Senior Stockbox Program
Hunger Task Force administers the Commodity Supplemental Food Program–known locally as Stockbox–which provides a healthy and nutritious box of supplementary food to low-income seniors. Each month Hunger Task Force delivers nearly 9,000 Stockboxes to low-income seniors at senior housing sites in Southeastern Wisconsin. To qualify for a Stockbox, seniors must be 60 years or older and a resident of Wisconsin and meet the monthly income requirements.