Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) recently released the evaluation report to share evaluation findings from the 2021-2022 10 Cents a Meal program, which show that 10 Cents a Meal is making significant progress towards its two main goals to improve daily nutrition for children in school or childcare settings and to invest in the Michigan agriculture economy. During the 2021-2022 program, more children, farms and food business were reached than ever before. An estimated 570,504 K–12 schoolchildren and 15,696 children through early care and education sites could have benefited by the program. Additionally, grantees reported purchases from 222 different farms and food businesses.
The full report, Amplifying Impact with More Michigan Farms and Food, showcases 10 Cents a Meal’s impact by examining the faceted impact on Michigan kids, farms, and food service programs. From “What foods were served through 10 Cents?” to “The Big Picture: Does 10 Cents Work?,” this report provides key indicators to determine future opportunities for growth.
This resource can be used to better understand the 10 Cents a Meal program and its impact. For food program managers and current 10 Cents a Meal grantees, this resource can be helpful to learn about how 10 Cents a Meal is used by other participants. 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.
Amplifying Impact with More Michigan Farms and Foods: 10 Cents a Meal 2021-2022 Evaluation Results is available as a full report, as well as available as individual evaluation briefs.
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- Megan McManus, Farm to School Specialist, [email protected]
This evaluation work was conducted with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and 10 Cents administrative funds for organizational partners.
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- The results are in! In 2021-2022, @TenCentsMichigan granted funds to 257 sites and served an estimate 570,000+ Michigan children across the state. Check out the full evaluation summary to understand the impact of this matching grant program! foodsystems.msu.edu/resources/10-cents-a-meal-2021-2022-evaluation-results
- The 2021-2022 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms program had the largest number of participating grantees yet! This program supports schools to buy and serve more Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and dry beans to children. Explore the whole report here: foodsystems.msu.edu/resources/10-cents-a-meal-2021-2022-evaluation-results