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Monday, August 31, 2020

10 Cents a Meal: Results, reflections, and recommendations

New publications describe how 10 Cents a Meal works, its impacts, and how to keep making the program stronger
A program framework and 2018-19 school year evaluation report are now available. 
One of the first of its kind in the U.S., 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms (10 Cents) is a state-funded pilot program that matches what schools spend on Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes with grants of up to 10 cents per meal.
How 10 Cents works and why it matters are described in the framework.

The report and summary describe what’s working and how to improve 10 Cents. They share quotes from school food service directors that describe what the program is like in action.
Schools, policy makers, and advocates can use these documents to understand and communicate about the value and impact of the 10 Cents a Meal pilot program and similar school-based incentive programs for locally grown foods.

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Visit the 10 Cents a Meal website to learn more.
This work was supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
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Kids win and farmers win with 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids and Farms. Learn how the program works at

One school food service director says, "[10 Cents a Meal] provided a network that makes it easier to purchase local." Read more about the impacts of 10 Cents a Meal on #farmtoschool across Michigan!

On average, 10 new Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables or legumes were tried in school meals because of 10 Cents a Meal.
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