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Monday, April 18, 2011

MI Farm to School News


Here are the latest Farm to School bites:




USDA is expanding assistance for schools operating USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in the 2011/2012 school year to further the Obama administration's efforts to improve the health of our children in schools.


Implementing The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act: Improving Milk and Water Requirements in Schools
USDA released two memos providing guidance and instructions to states on:






Michigan Farm to School Grant Program

With funding from the WK Kellogg Foundation, two types of farm to school grants, Planning and Implementation ($2,000 maximum each), will be awarded to 15 total Michigan schools/districts to plan for or implement farm to school programs for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Click here for more details, application materials and sample grant applications. To be eligible, the school food service program must have at least 50% free and reduced-price meal enrollment at the time this application is completed. Only school food service/nutrition directors may apply. Completed applications are due at 5 pm EST on May 16th to Jekeia Murphy at


Schools Receive Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants; Next Round of Applications Now Being Accepted

Fuel Up to Play 60, a national program developed by the National Dairy Council, Southeast Dairy Association, and the National Football League, helps create healthier school environments. Schools can apply for up to $3,000 in grants, and the program is accepting applications for its next round of grants. More information is available here. Your school must be enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 for the 2010/2011 school year to apply for funds for the 2011/2012 school year. The application deadline is June 15, 2011.


Michigan Action for Healthy Kids invites you to make a video to show the world how your school is a 54321GO! School. Cash prizes will be awarded to schools which are 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! Click here for more information for contest rules. 





It’s not new news, but if you haven’t seen it yet check out the WellSAT: Wellness School Assessment Tool. This tool was created by the Yale Rudd Center to provide “a standard method for the quantitative assessment of school wellness policies.” Click here to learn more! 





Small Business Capital Access Conference

April 26

MSU Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI

See flyer attached.


Michigan Food Processors Summit

April 27 

Eagle Eye Golf Club, Bath, MI 

See attached for more information.

Making School Meal Applications More Accessible: Key Changes
April 28 at 3 pm EST 
Click here for more information and to register for the call offered by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

Building Community Support for Breakfast in the Classroom
May 26 at 3 pm EST 
Click here for more information and registration for the call offered by FRAC. 





Colleen Matts

Farm to Institution Specialist

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

Michigan State University

303 Natural Resources Building

East Lansing, MI 48824-1222





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