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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.

Important Facts

  • Young children and women of childbearing age are at the greatest risk for lead exposure.
  • 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 slow the absorption of lead into the body.
The USDA and City of Milwaukee have several resources available for help with educating the public about lead exposure and links to healthy diets and nutrition.
Click here to learn more about how Federal Nutrition Programs administered by the USDA can help.
—Click here to learn more about lead information and resources in the City of Milwaukee.
—Click here to check whether your child’s school has a confirmed lead presence.


Printable Resources

Check It & Protect It



Lead in Water at Our Schools

Federal Nutrition Programs & Additional Resources

  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
Parents and guardians can utilize the Women, Infant and Children Program for nutrition education, lead testing and food-buying benefits. The WIC program supplies healthy food to low-income
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.
Click here for more information about WIC.
  • Summer Food Service Program (Summer Meals)

Summer is the peak time for childhood hunger. Through the Summer Meals program, kids 18 and under can receive meals this summer at supervised locations like schools, parks and community centers throughout Milwaukee. Click HERE to find a list of sites. Dial 211 or visit to find the site closest to you.

  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)
Parents and guardians of school-aged children can participate in the School Breakfast Program and after-school snack or supper program to ensure that their children are never hungry. The SBP provides a nutritious breakfast for students in public and private schools and residential childcare institutions. Each school breakfast must contain three components: grains, a fruit or vegetable, and milk. All of these food items may help limit lead absorption. Wisconsin ranks last in the number of schools that participate in the School Breakfast Program. Increasing participation statewide is an easy way to ensure all students have access to quality nutrition.
  • FoodShare
Families without enough money to adequately provide healthy meals for everyone in the household can apply for FoodShare benefits and visit a local food pantry. Many food pantries in Milwaukee offer foods high in iron, calcium and vitamin C to supplement a healthy diet.
Click here to learn more about FoodShare.
Click here to find a food pantry nearest you.

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  • Mobile Market
Continue to stretch your grocery dollars by taking advantage of FoodShare incentives, like the Pick ‘n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market. This grocery store on wheels travels throughout Milwaukee County to visit neighborhoods and communities that have limited access to fresh and healthy foods. The market is an active store, not a food pantry or donation center, that sells only fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products. All items are 25% off regular grocery store prices.
Click here to learn more about the Mobile Market and check the schedule.
  • Farmers Markets
Visit local farmers markets stock up on healthy items, like fresh produce. The farmers markets in Milwaukee County offer you produce fresh from local Wisconsin farms, including seasonal produce, plants, cut flowers, and baked goods.
  • 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!

Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Green ‘n Gold Mac & Cheese

Zucchini Cole Slaw

Hunger Task Force Smoothie


  • 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.