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Monday, August 2, 2021

10 Cents a Meal Grant Application Now Open for 2021-22 School Year


We are proud to share that the Michigan Department of Education has announced that it is accepting applications for the 10 Cents A Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms, a state-funded grant providing matching incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes. 

The program is open to 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). 

The grant has gone from a regional pilot program to finally being available to applicants statewide, and this latest $5 million dollar investment affirms the importance of 10 Cents a Meal in providing fresh, healthy, local fruits, vegetables, and dry beans for Michigan's schoolchildren. 

The 10 Cents a Meal grant application opened Monday, August 2, 2021 and will close on Monday, August 16th. 10 Cents a Meal is a competitive grant. Scoring of applicants prioritizes districts and ECEs that demonstrate the greatest ability to procure, prepare, and promote Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables and legumes, and plan for related educational activities.

For more information about the application process please visit Click here to see the application guide. 

Questions about the application or process may be directed to Liana Bennett at or Jaime Malnar at

Additional Program Contacts:

Diane Golzynski, Michigan Department of Education,

Nathan Medina, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities,

Colleen Matts, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems,

Please feel free to share throughout your professional network. Thank you!

Nathan Luis Medina  | Policy Specialist
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

P   231-941-6584 ext. 714

T   @grndwk

A  148 E Front St, Suite 301  |  Traverse City, MI 49684
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