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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

10 Cents a Meal Grant Application Re-Opens

10 Cents a Meal Grant Application Re-Opens

The 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms grant application is open for a second round of grants for the current 2021 funding year (which runs through September 30, 2021.) Grants will be awarded by the Michigan Department of Education until the funds are expended, so the sooner applicants apply the better. 

If your school or early childhood education center missed applying by the last deadline, please be sure to let them know, and also any farmers or local produce suppliers that might be interested in serving the customers who serve our children. A list of current grantees is available here.

Learn more about the new application opportunity and related resources here.

Please spread the word. Here is a post you can share if you share information by social media.

10 Cents a Meal is a competitive, matching grant for all school districts (public, public school academies, or private), residential childcare institutions (RCCIs), and child care centers that participate in the USDA child nutrition programs of Extended Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) during the school year, National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).


It supports schools and early childhood education centers in buying and serving Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes. The Michigan legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer increased funding from $575,000 to $2 million for 10 Cents a Meal in the 2021 budget. Initially a pilot program launched in 2016, 10 Cents a Meal has been expanded so that it is available to schools statewide for the first time ever. Additionally, the program has been expanded to include early childhood centers as also eligible for the grant funding.



Diane Conners  |  Senior Policy Specialist
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

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