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Thursday, October 1, 2020

10 Cents a Meal expanded statewide

If you are a fan of 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms, it's time to celebrate.

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Whitmer signed the state's budget for next fiscal year, which goes into effect today. Despite tight state finances, she and the legislature affirmed the value of the program by expanding it statewide. 

Funding for the grant program was increased from $575,000 to $2 million. For the first time, schools across the entire state, instead of pilot regions, are eligible to apply. And also eligible for the first time are sponsors of early childhood education centers that are successfully participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). 

  • Schools and early childhood education centers (ECE) should stay tuned for communications from the Michigan Department of Education regarding the grant process. MDE is hoping to launch the application process no later than October 12 --with a quick, two week turn-around time to apply.
  • Please help spread the word and share this news with your local school district and early childhood education centers. School districts and early childhood centers interested in applying can prepare for the grant application process by reading this Grant Application GuideTell farms, food hubs, and other local food enterprises as well.
  • Learn more about ECE opportunities with this grant and resources here
  • Learn how to help your own school or early child care center succeed in applying for and using the grant with this short Supporter Guide, which includes ideas on how you can get involved with helping kids get excited about trying new foods!

Also, there will be a new legislature next year -- with every seat in the House of Representatives up for election on November 3. You can help your future representative know about 10 Cents a Meal, the nationally praised state program that provides matching grants for schools and early child care centers to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables, and dry beans. It is a single line item in the big School Aid Budget, so it is easy to miss. Educating candidates makes a difference. Click here to send your candidate an educational email about 10 Cents a Meal today. It is very easy and quick.


Diane Conners  |  Senior Policy Specialist
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

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