10 Cents A Meal for School Kids & Farms is a state pilot program that provides schools with up to 10 cents per meal in match funding to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
NEWS!!! Michigan’s innovative 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms program has released its 2018-2019 Legislative Report. This year’s 57 grantees purchased 93 different fruits, vegetables, and beans, grown by 143 farms located in 38 Michigan counties, and involved 20 additional businesses such as processors, distributors, and food hubs. Click here to see the full legislative report, or visit our About Page where you will find all three legislative reports documenting the success and growth of the program.
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"With this bill, Michigan joins just a handful of states that have taken this great step forward, demonstrating its role as a national leader in this work." - Helen Dombalis, Programs Director, National Farm to School Network
“Michigan Farm Bureau applauds the efforts of all the hard working members of the project team behind the success of the 10 Cents a Meal program. This program provides yet another opportunity for our state’s farmers to move additional produce inventory at the local level, providing a healthy, great tasting option to their school lunch programs. We support the future endeavors of the program, and encourage the project team to continue to build on their success and enhance the effectiveness of the program, to remain a paramount program example for other states to follow.” – Michigan Farm Bureau
“The School Nutrition Association of Michigan is pleased to support the 10 Cents a Meal Program for the well-being of Michigan students. It is a critical time for school nutrition programs and as School Nutrition Professionals, we see the great benefits this program can continue to offer. 10 Cents a Meal brings the community together and allows our school nutrition programs to support the local economy while providing healthy, locally grown food. We endorse this program and the positive impact it is making for the future of Michigan’s kids.” – School Nutrition Association of Michigan