I wanted to pass along some new information from MDA and MDE that should be of interest.
First, the school food authority equipment grant applications are now available to school food service directors through the Michigan Department of Education. Please click here for the memo from MDE about the grants, deadlines, and links for more information. As you’ll remember, these equipment grants are being offered by MDE through the federal economic stimulus package. For your reference, I’ve attached a list of equipment suggested for farm to school and preparation of fresh fruits and vegetables from our friends at Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch.
Also, Michigan Department of Agriculture recently released a “Buying Local – Approved Food Sources for Food Establishments” fact sheet. The fact sheet is attached and available at the Michigan Farm to School website.
Enjoy the weekend,
Farm to School Specialist
CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
Michigan State University
303 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222