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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Documenting 10 Cents a Meal’s impact on kids, farms, and food programs

Findings show 10 Cents is reaching more children than ever before in schools, districts, and centers across Michigan
We are pleased to share evaluation findings from the 2020-2021 school year 10 Cents a Meal (10 Cents), which show that 10 Cents is reaching its goals, despite pandemic-related interruptions.

The report provides key indicators, such as number of children served and how many farms participated.
The report, Expanded Eligibility, Increased Impacts, showcases 10 Cents’ impact on Michigan kids, farms, and food service programs.

It describes: 

  • Who is engaged in the 10 Cents program 
  • What foods are served through 10 Cents 
  • How foods move through the 10 Cents supply chain 
  • The impact of 10 Cents a Meal 
  • Present and future needs to support local food purchasing   

This resource can be used by any audience to better understand the 10 Cents program. For food program managers and current 10 Cents grantees, this resource can be helpful to learn about how 10 Cents is used by participants and its impact on their food programs. For advocates and policy makers, these findings illustrate the bigger picture through the potential impacts and reach of the program. Lastly, this report can be used by Michigan farmers and food businesses to learn more about selling to schools and other grantees through the identified market channels and top foods purchased and served.

Explore and share this resource with your networks! 

Following this release, we will host a 5-part mini-webinar series that will cover the key findings from the evaluation report. Webinars will be released February 2023. More information coming soon! 
For more information, contact:  

Megan McManus,  

This evaluation work was conducted through funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and 10 Cents administrative funds for organizational partners. 
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  • The results are in! In 2020-2021, 10 Cents a Meal granted funds to 143 sites and served 450,000 Michigan children across the state. Check out the full evaluation summary to understand the impact of this matching grant program!  

  • The 10 Cents program presents a big opportunity— and possibly motivation—for schools to buy and serve more Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and dry beans to children. Explore the whole report here:  
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