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Friday, March 31, 2017

Report on 10 Cents a Meal Released to Michigan Legislature

Report on 10 Cents a Meal Released to Michigan Legislature

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has submitted its 10 Cents a Meal For School Kids & Farms mid-year report to the state Legislature, with data that shows the program helped schools serve 49 different Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes to students so far this school year.

The 10 Cents a Meal pilot program is providing schools with match incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown produce to an estimated 48,000 students in 16 grant-winning school districts.

According to the MDE report, the incentive program catalyzed sales for 86 different farms in 28 counties and 16 additional businesses such as processors and distributors.

Legislators required the report when it created the pilot last year. Legislators are in the budget process now and considering whether to continue and expand the program.

A full press release is available here.

An online version of the full 18-page report is available here.

*Please note my email address has changed to

Diane Conners  |  Senior Policy Specialist
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

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