WHO WE ARE

We are 10 Cents A Meal For School Kids & Farms, a state-funded pilot program providing schools with match incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Yearly Legislative Reports

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OUR GOALS

HEALTHY KIDS, THRIVING FARMS

  • Improve daily nutrition and eating habits for Michigan children through the school setting.
  • Invest in Michigan agriculture and related local food business economy.

WHERE WE SERVE

Serving two of Michigan's Prosperity Regions (Regions 2 & 4) in our 2016-2017 inaugural year, we have grown to serve 5 (Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, & 9) of Michigan’s 10 Prosperity Regions in 2018-2019. School districts from 43 counties were eligible to apply for grants and 55 districts were awarded them, up from 32 districts last year.

2018-2019 Grantee Districts

Prosperity Region 2:

18 grant-winning districts in 9 counties of a 10 county region

Number of Students: 21,473

18 Districts: Bear Lake Schools, Beaver Island Community School, Benzie County Central Schools, Boyne Falls Public School District, East Jordan Public Schools, Forest Area Community Schools, Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools, Glen Lake Community Schools, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, Kaleva Norman Dickson School District, Leland Public School District, Mancelona Public Schools, Manton Consolidated Schools, Onekama Consolidated Schools, Pellston Public Schools, Public Schools of Petoskey, Suttons Bay Public Schools, Traverse City Area Public Schools

Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Wexford

Prosperity Region 4:

11 grant-winning districts in 6 counties of a 13 county region

Number of Students: 31,227

11 Districts: Belding Area School District, Coopersville Area Public School District, Hart Public School District, Holland City School District, Montague Area Public Schools, Saugatuck Public Schools, Shelby Public Schools, Thornapple Kellogg School District, West Ottawa Public School District, Whitehall District Schools, Zeeland Public Schools

Counties: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Muskegon, Ottawa, Oceana

Prosperity Region 6:

7 grant-winning districts in 4 counties of a 7 county region

Number of Students: 21,341

7 Districts: Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker Schools, Flint Community Schools, Genesee Intermediate School District, Grand Blanc Community Schools, Mayville Community School District, Morrice Area Schools, Owosso Public Schools

Counties: Genesee, Huron, Shiawassee, Tuscola

Prosperity Region 8:

8 grant-winning districts in 4 counties of a 7 county region

Number of Students: 16,404

8 Districts: Battle Creek Public Schools, Bridgman Public Schools, Coldwater Community Schools, Decatur Public Schools, Mattawan Consolidated School, Paw Paw Public School District, South Haven Public Schools, Trinity Lutheran School

Counties: Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Van Buren

Prosperity Region 9:

11 grant-winning districts in 4 counties of a 6 county region

Number of Students: 42,339

11 Districts: Ann Arbor Public Schools, Bedford Public Schools, Concord Community Schools, Dexter Community School District, Grass Lake Community Schools, Hanover-Horton School District, Hillsdale Community Schools, Jackson Public Schools, Manchester Community Schools, Monroe Public Schools, Whitmore Lake Public School District

Counties: Hillsdale, Jackson, Monroe, Washtenaw

 

“We believe the timing was right for this pilot, and for potential expansion next year, because schools are serving a greater variety of fruits and vegetables and that is exactly what Michigan farmers grow.” - State Superintendent Brian J. Whiston In Memoriam

About Ten Cents

WHO WE ARE We are 10 Cents A Meal For School Kids & Farms, a state-funded pilot program providing schools with match incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Continue reading

What People Are Saying

Students, advocates, administrators and growers share their excitement about 10 Cents a Meal For School Kids & Farms.   Continue reading

Economic Benefits

In 2016-2017, 10 Cents bolstered Michigan's local food economy by $420,000. It is also helping to build or strengthen transparent business supply chains that make it easier for schools to choose Michigan-grown products. Continue reading

Improved Access to Local Food

Schools typically have only $1 - $1.20 a meal to spend on food, and of that, about 30 cents is for fruits and vegetables. A matching 10 cents, food service directors say, help them serve more fresh produce instead of canned. It also provides them with the flexibility to try new things to see what their students like. Continue reading

Marketing & Education

10 Cents schools use taste tests, harvest of the month lessons, nutrition education, and school gardens to promote local foods to students and their families. Continue reading