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 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.
- Lead Exposure Through Paint
- Lead Exposure Through Water
- Lead Exposure Through the Soil or Environment
- Women of Childbearing Age and Parents of Young Children
- How Nutrition Impacts Lead Absorption
- Well Fed Means Less Lead Flyer (Spanish)
- Well Fed Means Less Lead Flyer (Hmong)
- Milwaukee Nutrition & Lead Report
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 iron, vitamin C and calcium (see the chart below for ideas)
Lead in Water at Our Schools
- Schools across Milwaukee are taking steps to test their water for sources of lead. Both Milwaukee Public Schools and a number of charter schools have tested and published the results.
Federal Nutrition Programs & Additional Resources
- 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.
- 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 impactinc.org to find the site closest to you.
- 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.