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Thursday, February 1, 2024

New Farm to School Events and Resources!

Check out these new farm to school opportunities and resources!
Explore these virtual and in-person events, grant and award opportunities, and resources.
Lake Michigan School Food System Launch Webinar:
Building Connections and Celebrating Cultures and Communities in Your Project Design 
  • The upcoming launch webinar is on Wednesday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. EST (English) and 3:00 p.m. EST (Spanish). During this webinar we will share info about application logistics and answers to questions for the Innovation Hub’s grants. We’ll also share how to engage diverse communities and celebrate student cultures to demonstrate cultural responsiveness in your project design. 

Michigan Family Farms Conference 2024 
  • Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) is convening their annual Michigan Family Farms Conference at Kalamazoo Valley Community College on March 9th. This event offers beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. There will be several tracks of breakout sessions, including a special farm to school track for those interested in learning more about selling to schools! 
Grant and Award Opportunities
Lake Michigan School Food Systems Innovation Hub 

The Innovation Hub is administered by the Illinois Public Health Institute and the Michigan state lead is the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Applications will be opening February 2024

  • Spark Awards will fund projects that can use a short-term infusion of funds for school food system and marketplace improvements.
  • Awards will range from $10,000 – $75,000.
  • Round 1 Project Timeline: August 1, 2024 – July 31, 2025. 

  • Innovation Collaborative Awards will fund projects that promote systems-level change of the school food system and marketplace.
  • Chosen projects will be awarded $250,000.
  • Round 1 Project Timeline: August 1, 2024 – December 31, 2026. 

Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards

The Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards program offers awards to celebrate schools that have made significant improvements to the nutritional quality of their meals. Administered by Action for Healthy Kids, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through June 30, 2025. 

Additional Resources
  • New! Amplifying Impact with More Michigan Farms and Foods: 10 Cents a Meal 2021-2022 Evaluation Results 
  • We are pleased to share evaluation findings from the 2021-2022 10 Cents a Meal program, which showcases 10 Cents a Meal’s impact by examining the faceted influence on Michigan kids, farms, and food service programs. This resource can be used to better understand the 10 Cents a Meal program and is available to read as a full report or in separate summaries. 
  • Read the Report 

  • New! Who’s Feeding Our Kids: Adventures in Food Education 
  • The newest 10 Cents a Meal success story by Amanda Brezzell of Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is now live! The Who’s Feeding Our Kids series explores “people and organizations along the food system who are working to feed our kids, and support the 10 Cents a Meal Program." The latest story features FoodCorps Food Education Service Members. 
  • Read the Story  

  • Introduction to School Food Service Videos 
  • In collaboration with the Michigan Local Food Council Network, the Michigan Farm to School team and the Michigan Department of Education created a series of presentations to introduce the basics of school food service and meal programs. These videos are ideal for anyone new to school food such as food policy council members, parents, teachers, students and more.  
  • Watch the Series 

  • Farm to ECE: How it's growing with Public Health 
  • Farm to Early Care and Education programs align with essential public health services and promotes health equity by improving eating habits and supporting nutrient-dense diets. 
  • Read the Article 
About Michigan Farm to School

Farm to School centers around efforts to serve local foods in school and early care and education settings. We share ideas, tools and resources to support a range of efforts, from school garden programming to farmer visits and field trips.

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