Michigan Department of Education adds additional Northern Michigan grantees to meal program

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Education recently announced an additional 29 grantees for “10 Cents A Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms,” ​​after reopening the matching grant program for a second application window.

Ten Cents a Meal, Michigan’s state-funded farm to grant institution, provides matching incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

The grant has gone from a regional pilot program in 2016 to finally being available to applicants statewide for the 2020-2021 school year. The latest investment of $5 million dollars from the state affirms the importance of 10 cents a meal in providing fresh, healthy, local fruits, vegetables, and dry beans for Michigan’s children.

“One of my proudest accomplishments during my legislative tenure is the growth of 10 cents a meal, especially here in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. This program is critically important in getting fresh Michigan fruits and vegetables to our students and we now have a total of 257 grantees across the state. I am thrilled to see Cheboygan Area Schools, Harbor Springs School District, Inland Lakes Schools, and Brimley Area Schools join as 10 cents a meal grantees,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R) of Traverse City .

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