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Dear Governor Whitmer and Michigan legislators: We are writing with two messages:

  • ●  Thank you​ for restoring the funding for 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms in the 2020 School Aid Budget. This addressed a critical need for our schools and preserved the infrastructure for this important program.

  • ●  We urge you now to expand 10 Cents a Meal in the fiscal year 2021 School Aid Budget, Section 31j, so that it finally is available to schools statewide.It should be funded at $2 million in order to ensure that as many children as possible in Michigan reap the benefits of this matching grant program that supports schools in purchasing locally grown produce for children in school meals.

    The COVID-19 crisis has made clear to all of us how critical schools are for feeding our children. This is true now more than ever in this time of financial and health hardships for families. One school food service director, for example, has been serving an average of 17,500 meals a week to students over the summer, compared to 2,000 a week in previous years. At the same time, Michigan’s farmers are facing major market losses, with the closures of farmers’ markets, restaurants, and more.

    We understand that legislators and the governor face a daunting budget crisis and must make difficult decisions. For that reason, we must be innovative.

  • We must do these four things in the COVID-19 crisis, and 10 Cents a Meal does all four:

    1) Provide nutritious food for our children.
    2) Invest in Michigan’s hard-hit economy and farms.
    3) Strengthen Michigan’s essential infrastructure in local food supply chains—as we have seen national supplies falter.

    4) Leverage as many federal dollars to Michigan as possible. Schools rely on National School Lunch dollars as their match for state 10 Cents grants.

    Schools face such dire funding shortfalls that they say they will only be able to afford canned fruit and vegetables rather than healthier fresh produce unless they have 10 Cents a Meal.

    With 10 Cents a Meal, you will support farmers in crisis so that they will have additional markets; and you will ensure that the sky-rocketing number of children in need are well-nourished this school year and next summer during school summer meal programs.

    Please expand funding for 10 Cents a Meal in the School Aid Budget, so that it: 1) Expands to at least $2 million for fiscal year 2021. 2) Is available statewide to ensure equitable access. 3) Also is available for sponsors of early child care centers.

    We thank you for seeing the urgent need and value of this program by providing supplemental funding in the 2020 budget. Please come together now to make sure funding is extended to meet the priority needs of our children and farms all across Michigan in the 2021 budget.

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Organizations

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Lower Northwest Michigan and Statewide

Western UP Planning & Development Region and Western UP Food Systems Council, Upper Peninsula

Argus Farm Stop, Washtenaw County
Providence Organic Farm, Antrim County
Ottawa Food Council, Ottawa County
South Haven Public Schools, Allegan, Berrien & Van Buren Counties West Michigan Food Processing Association, Muskegon County Healthy Kids Healthy Michigan, Ingham County

Glen Lake Community School, Leelanau County Our Kitchen Table, Kent County

1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Whitehall School District, Muskegon County
FoodCorps Michigan, Statewide
Wandering Winds Farm, Alcona County

Mason County Eastern Schools, Mason County Ironwood Area School District, Gogebic County Public Schools of Petoskey, Emmet County

Northern MI Community Health Innovation Region (NMCHIR), Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford Counties

Armada Area Schools, Macomb County
School Nutrition Association of Michigan, Statewide Michigan Farm To Freezer, Wayne County

Center for Civil Justice,​ Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, St. Clair, Sanilac & Tuscola Counties.

Holland Schools, Ottawa County
Michigan League for Public Policy, Statewide

U.P. Food Exchange, Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft Counties

Fresh Systems, LLC, Marquette County

Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan, Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Cheboygan, Otsego Counties

NorthWest Initiative, Ingham County

Bliss Gardens Farm & Community Kitchen, Emmet County

Suttons Bay Public Schools, Leelanau County

Sturgis Public Schools, St. Joseph County

Northeast Michigan Food & Farming Network, Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon counties

Edible Michiana Magazine, Cass & Berrien Counties Beaver Island Community School, Charlevoix County Farm to Fork Alcona, Alcona County
Michigan Farmers Market Association, Statewide Leland Public School, Leelanau County

Dexter Farm to School, Washtenaw County LoNia's World Center, Kent County

Growing Hope, Washtenaw County

Greenville Public Schools, Montcalm County
A.P.S. STRETCH Preschool Child Care, Emmet County

Vicksburg Community Schools, Kalamazoo County Cherry Capital Foods, Statewide
Food For Thought, Statewide
Tamarack Holdings, Statewide

Gaskill Family Farm, Monroe County Food Gatherers, Washtenaw County

Crim Fitness Foundation, Genesee County Lakewood Public Schools, Ionia County
United Church Outreach Ministry, Kent County

St. Paul Lutheran School, Genesee County
Michigan Chapter- American Academy of Pediatrics, Statewide

Munson Community Health, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Crawford, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee Counties

Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Statewide

Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, Grand Traverse County Jackson Public Schools, Jackson County
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Kent County
ICARE DETROIT, Oakland, Wayne Counties

Community Action House, Allegan, Ottawa Counties
TCSF Environmental Club, St Francis High, Grand Traverse County Bardenhagen Farms, Leelanau County
Detroit Food Policy Council, Wayne County

St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, Washtenaw County

Chelsea School District, Washtenaw County

Detroit Public Schools Community District, Wayne County

No Kid Hungry Michigan, Statewide

Michigan Farm Coop, Benzie, Grand Traverse & Leelanau Counties

Wunsch Farms, Grand Traverse County Pellston Public Schools, Emmet County

United Way of Washtenaw County, Washtenaw County Kalkaska Conservation District, Kalkaska County

United Way of Jackson, Jackson County Alanson Public School, Emmet County
Paw Paw Public Schools, Van Buren County River Valley School District, Berrien County Cherry Republic, Statewide

Cedarbrook Trout Farms, Alcona County
Cedar Springs Public Schools, Kent County
Watervliet Public Schools, Berrien County
Troy School District, Oakland County
Lakeview School District, Calhoun County
College of Liberal Arts & Science, Wayne State University, Wayne County Lyreh's Events & Catering, Statewide

North Branch Area Schools, Lapeer County
University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, Washtenaw County Affinity Group-Michaels, Kent County
Eastern Market Partnership, Oakland County
Rosedale Park Improvement Association, Wayne County
Jenison Public Schools, Ottawa County
Hudsonville Public Schools, Ottawa County
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, Muskegon County
Traverse City Area Public Schools, Grand Traverse County
Lakeshore Public Schools, Berrien County
Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Wayne County
Washtenaw Food Policy Council, Washtenaw County
Huron Valley Schools, Oakland County

Grand Traverse Baby Pantry, Grand Traverse County Holly Area Schools, Oakland County

Ann Arbor Public Schools, Washtenaw County

RDExpert Nutrition Consulting Services, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw Counties

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Oakland County
VJ Enterprises, LLC, Wayne County
Soul Springs Permaculture, Emmet County
Northwest Michigan Food & Farming Network, Lower Northwest Michigan United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Oakland, Macomb & Wayne Counties Crooked Tree Breadworks, Emmet County

Light of Day Organics, Leelanau County

Porter Family Foundation, Statewide

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau Counties

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Statewide

Tekonsha Community Schools, Calhoun County

Mancelona Public Schools, Antrim County

Old Hickory Beefalo Farm, Kalkaska County

National Association of Social Workers-Michigan Chapter, Statewide

Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Leelanau Counties

Sodexo/Flint Community Schools, Genesee County AB Nutrition Solutions, Berrien County
UPLIFT Pine River Kids, Osceola County
Boyne Falls Public Schools, Charlevoix County

East Jordan Public Schools, Charlevoix County

Petoskey Youth Soccer Association, Emmet County

Flint Fresh Food Hub, Genesee County

Conner Creek Academy East, Macomb County

YMCA of Northern Michigan, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Grand Traverse Counties

Conner Creek Academy East, Macomb County
GO Produce, Ottawa County
Summit Academy North, Wayne County
Berrien Springs Public Schools, Berrien County
Memphis Community School, Macomb, St. Clair Counties

Affinity Sales, Bay, Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Jackson, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Monroe, Oakland, Saginaw, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, Washtenaw, Wayne Counties

Cassopolis Public Schools, Cass County Make Food Not Waste, Wayne County

Taste the Local Difference, Statewide Shepherd Food Service, Isabella County

White Cloud Public Schools, Newaygo County Taylor School District, Wayne County
Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry, Statewide Kalkaska Public Schools, Kalkaska County Eastpointe Community Schools, Macomb County Mar Lee School, Calhoun County

Saline High School, Washtenaw County
Ludington Area School District, Mason County
New Lothrop Area Public School, Shiawassee County

Benzie County Central Schools, Benzie County Dexter Community Schools, Washtenaw County Troy School District, Oakland County

Michigan Vegetable Council, Statewide TrueNorth Community Services, Newaygo County Greater Lansing Islamic School, Ingham County Bread of Life Pantry, Lake County

Sustainability Forever, Grand Traverse County Bread for the World, Ottawa County
Brethren Elementary School, Manistee County Onekama Consolidated Schools, Manistee County Bear Lake School, Manistee County

Carrollton Public Schools, Saginaw County
Battle Creek Public Schools, Calhoun County
Toy Harbor, Grand Traverse County
Nutrition with Noelle, LLC, Wayne County
Cherry Central Cooperative, Grand Traverse County Bloomfield Hills Schools, Oakland County Wineguys, LLC, Emmet County

Detroit CARES Mentoring Movement, Wayne County Operation Fit, Calhoun County
Roast & Toast, Emmet County
Wings of Wonder, Leelanau County

Martha’s Leelanau Table, Leelanau County

Quincy Community Schools, Branch County

Saltless Sea Creamery, Grand Traverse County

Lake County Food Council, Lake County

Authority Health MOTION Coalition, City of Detroit, Wayne County Fair Food Network, Statewide

Wayne State University, Wayne County
Saugatuck Schools, Ottawa County
Montague Area Public School, Muskegon County
Alanson Public Schools Board of Education, Emmet County Chippewa Hills School District, Isabella County

Hazon Detroit, Wayne County
5 Healthy Towns Foundation, Washtenaw County

Davisburg Kids, Oakland County
Manna Food Project, Antrim, Emmet, Charlevoix County Girls Get Fit, Charlevoix County

Fund a Life, Livingston County

C.H. Robinson, Livingston County

HPS, Statewide

McLaren Northern Michigan, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Luce, Mackinac, Presque Isle Counties

Life-Styles: Nutrition Services LLC, Kent County
Grand Traverse Catholic Schools, Grand Traverse County

The Learning Connection, Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon Counties

Yad Ezra Giving Gardens, Oakland, Wayne Counties Lawrence Farmers Market, VanBuren County

Sodexo, Genesee County

Michigan Advocates for Healthy Checkouts, Washtenaw County Mindful Eating Team, Washtenaw County
St. John Lutheran School, Oakland County
Jennings Elementary, Branch County
Van Buren Intermediate School District, Van Buren County

 

Individuals

Diane Conners, Senior Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Northwest Lower Michigan and Statewide

Rachael Pressley, Assistant Regional Planner, Western UP Planning & Development Region and Western UP Food Systems Council, Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft Counties

Kathy Sample, Founder, Argus Farm Stop, Washtenaw County

Andrea Romeyn, Co-Owner, Providence Organic Farm, Antrim County

Lisa Uganski, Coordinator, Ottawa Food Council, Ottawa County

Alexandra Kuznar, Assistant Farm Manager, Muskegon County

June Altom, Nutrition Services Director, South Haven Public Schools, Allegan, Berrien & Van Buren Counties

Marty Gerencer, Executive Director, West Michigan Food Processing Association, Muskegon County

Amy Burton, Coalition Director, Healthy Kids Healthy Michigan, Ingham County

Cathy Muha, Co-Chair, 1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Mindful Eating Team, Washtenaw County

Lynn DeVlieg, Student Engagement Coordinator, Farm to School, Whitehall School District, Muskegon County

Addell Austin Anderson, Program Director, FoodCorps Michigan, Statewide

Madeline Beckta, Wandering Winds Farm, Alcona County

Mary Hampston Kusz, Food Service Director, Ironwood Area School District, Gogebic County

Beth Kavanaugh, Food Service Manager, Public Schools of Petoskey, Emmet County

Jenifer Murray, HUB Director, Northern MI Community Health Innovation Region (NMCHIR), Lower Northwest Michigan

Melissa Elliott, Food Service Director, Armada Area Schools, Macomb County

Mark Coe, MI Fruit and Vegetable Processor, Manager, Michigan Farm To Freezer, Wayne County

Phil Britton, Principal, Fresh Systems, LLC, Marquette County

Missy Elliott, Communications Chair, School Nutrition Association of Michigan, Statewide

Kelly Bidelman, Executive Director, Center for Civil Justice, A​ renac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, St. Clair, Sanilac & Tuscola Counties

Gilda Z. Jacobs, President and CEO, Michigan League for Public Policy, Statewide

Alexandria Palzewicz, Market Manager, U.P. Food Exchange, Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft Counties

Olivia Seymour, Student Advocate, Traverse City Area Public Schools, Grand Traverse County

Janine Sinno Janoudi, Healthy Communities Coordinator, Ingham County Health Department, Ingham County

Jen Schaap, Local Food Policy Specialist, Member, Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan, Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Cheboygan, Otsego Counties

Peggy Vaughn-Payne, Executive Director, NorthWest Initiative, Ingham County

Mary Rapin, Owner & Manager, Bliss Gardens Farm & Community Kitchen, Emmet County

Doris Walter, Food Service Director, Suttons Bay Public Schools, Leelanau County Sarah Nesky, Food Service, Suttons Bay Public Schools, Leelanau County

Patti Miller, Food Service Director, Sturgis Public Schools, St. Joseph County

Paula Bartholome, Co-Publisher, Edible Michiana Magazine, Cass & Berrien Counties

Wil Cwikiel, Superintendent-Principal, Beaver Island Community School, Charlevoix County

Judith A MacNeill, Chair, Farm to Fork Alcona, Alcona County

Amanda Shreve, Executive Director, Michigan Farmers Market Association, Statewide

Paula Martin, MS RDN, Food & Farming Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center, Statewide

Dave Ruszel, Food Service Director, Leland Public School, Leelanau County

Nancy and Kent Walton, Grandparents, Owners, Toy Harbor, Grand Traverse County

LeeAnn E. Brown, Interested Citizen, Wayne County

Sarah Dyer, School Nutrition Director, Vicksburg Community Schools, Kalamazoo County

Lisa Babe, Coordinator, Dexter Farm to School, Washtenaw County

Alison Heins, Interested Citizen, Leelanau County
Joanna Connelly, Volunteer Coordinator, Food Gatherers, Washtenaw County

Margaret Williams, Administrative Coordinator, Baxter Community Center, Kent County

Theresa Roach, Active Communities Director, Crim Fitness Foundation, Genesee County

Suzanne Sorkin, M.D., Retired Family Physician, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Statewide

Kelly L Cleaver, Director of Philanthropy, FoodCorps Inc., Statewide

Nicole Hansen, District Executive Director of Community Engagement and Youth Development, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Kent County

Mary DeRidder, CROP Walk/Bread for the World Team, Ottawa Food Council, Ottawa County

Alan VanderPaas, Parent, Grand Traverse County

Melissa Roessing, Food and Connection Program Director, Community Action House, Allegan County

James Bardenhagen, Owner, Bardenhagen Farms, President, MI Farm Coop, Leelanau, Benzie & Grand Traverse Counties

Isaiah Wunsch, CEO, Wunsch Farms, Grand Traverse County
Heather Ratliff, K12 Program Manager, Cherry Capital Foods, Grand Traverse County

Bernard Gladney, District Manager, Sodexo MAGIC, B​ errien, Cass, Genesee, Ingham, Saginaw & Wayne Counties

Tamara Santora, Director of School Dining Services, Coldwater Community Schools Food Service, Branch County

Dewayne Litwiller, Executive Chef, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, Grand Traverse County

Mason Litwiller, VP of TCSF Environmental Club, St Francis High, Grand Traverse County

Cheryl Litwiller, Parent, Grand Traverse County
Melissa Lyons, East Jordan Public Schools, Charlevoix County

Patty Wall, Director of Nutrition Services, Holland Schools, Saugatuck Schools, Ottawa County

Holly Wilson, Interested Citizen, Antrim County

Erin Lentz, Interested Citizen, Benzie County

Lovisa Kunkle, Interested Citizen, Marquette County

Dianne Wild, Interested Citizen, Grand Traverse County

Cheri Youmans, Sous Chef, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, Grand Traverse County

Mike Scharpf, Interested Citizen, Leelanau County

Mary Salgat, Dining Staff, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, Grand Traverse County

Karen Spencer, Dining Services Administrator, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, Grand Traverse County

Kendall Gosma, Interested Citizen, Antrim County

Lynn Haire, Retired Elementary School Principal, Wayne County

Rachel Groessr, Interested Citizen, Benzie & Grand Traverse Counties

Jae Gerhart, Washtenaw County Local Foods Coordinator, Washtenaw County

Becky Leist, Interested Citizen, Emmet County

Mary Wayne, Grandma, Grand Traverse County

Sherry Kleinfelt, Food Service Director, Mar Lee School, Calhoun County

Dan Gorman, Food Service Director, Montague Area and Whitehall Public Schools, Muskegon County

Louise Pond, Interested Citizen, Antrim County
Lynn McGregor, Interested Citizen, Antrim County
Linsey Thompson, Interested Citizen, Oakland County
Christi Demitz, Interested Citizen, Statewide
Kerry Smith, Administrative Assistant, Charlevoix County
Eric McDonald, Interested Citizen, Roscommon County
Lexi Bondar, Interested Citizen, Oakland County
Brant Russell, Food Service Director, Jackson Public Schools, Jackson County
Jon Hoover, Superintendent, Glen Lake Community Schools, Leelanau County Sarah Stone, Food Service Director, Ottawa County
Sandra McArthur, Interested Citizen, Leelanau County
Kelly Bolton, Food Service Director, Grass Lake Community Schools, Jackson County

Kelly McClelland, Nutrition Program Manager, Crim Fitness Foundation, ​Genesee County

Jared Burkhart, Executive Director, Michigan Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, Statewide

Deborah Over, Food Service Director, Chelsea School District, Washtenaw County

Sheron Mortensen, Interested Citizen, Antrim County

Shawn Keener, Program Director, United Church Outreach Ministry, Kent County

Dr. William Gittlen, Board Member, Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council, Grand Traverse County

Sherry Sedore, Food Service Director, Pellston Public Schools and Alanson Public Schools, Emmet County

Samantha Herscher, Interested Citizen, Emmet County Magen Sloniker, Interested Citizen, Emmet County

Becky Babcock, President, Alanson Public Schools Board of Education, Emmet County

Tonia Keller, Teacher, A.P.S. STRETCH Preschool Child Care, Emmet County
Kelsie Perttu, Teacher and Parent, Alanson Head Start, Emmet County
Amanda Sems, Parent, Emmet County
Ashlee Herrington, Administrative Assistant, Alanson Public School, Emmet County Misty Rose, Interested Citizen, Emmet County

Korrie Perkins, Child Nutrition Director, Paw Paw Public Schools, Van Buren County Carolyn Thomas, President, School Nutrition Association of Michigan, Statewide

Michael Lahti, Managing Director, Cherry Capital Foods, Food For Thought, Tamarack Holdings, Statewide

Laura Jacobson, Interested Citizen, Grand Traverse County
Katie Hajjar, Interested Citizen, Grand Traverse County
Brenda Cole, Interested Citizen, Emmet County
Jennifer Jones, Food Service Supervisor, River Valley School District, Berrien County Holly Haywood, Food Service Director, Cedar Springs Public Schools, Kent County

Monica Leonard, Cook, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County

Michelle Glazier, Manager, Cedarbrook Trout Farms, Alcona County

Traci Oosterhouse, Interested Citizen, Emmet County

Melissa Costello, Secondary Special Education Teacher, Alanson Public Schools, Emmet County

Michelle Utley, Teacher, Kalkaska County

Janice Schwab, Member, School Nutrition Association of Michigan, Bay County

Ronda Snyder, Food Service Director, Chippewa Hills School District, Isabella County

Kibibi Blount-Dorn, Program Manager, Detroit Food Policy Council, Wayne County

Deb Ralya, Food Security Advocate, Ottawa County

Chris Simpson, Business Development Manager, School Nutrition Association of Michigan, Statewide

Patricia Ann Collins, Accounting Technician, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Wayne County

Terry Adams, Nutrition Service Director, Watervliet Public Schools, Berrien County Gayle Moran, Food Service Liaison, Troy School District, Oakland County
Cheryl Marengo, Assistant Director, Lakeview School District, Calhoun County Natalie Stringer, Interested Citizen, Oakland County

Diane Elizabeth Cress, Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Statewide Rachel Dorn, Interested Citizen, Wayne County

Rabbi Nate DeGroot, Associate Director, Spiritual & Program Director, Hazon Detroit, Oakland County

Rachel Bessire, Interested Citizen, Wayne County
Sheryl Jones, Owner, Lyreh's Events & Catering, Statewide
Louise Nellenbach, Food Service Director, North Branch Area Schools, Lapeer County

Lilly Fink Shapiro, Manager, University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, Washtenaw County

Carmen Malis King, Interested Citizen, Wayne County

Pete Manett, Business Development Manager, Affinity Group-Michaels, Kent County

Mary Donnell, Interested Citizen, Grand Traverse County

Catherine Badgley, Professor, University of Michigan, Washtenaw County

Lori Kroll, Interested Citizen, Eaton County

Ashley Tomasi, Coalition Coordinator, 5 Healthy Towns Foundation, Washtenaw County

Claudia Donnellon, Interested Citizen, Oakland County
Karen Barbash, Community Nutrition Educator, Wayne County

James Dwight, Board Member, Rosedale Park Improvement Association, Wayne County

Mary Darnton, Food Service Director, Jenison and Hudsonville Public Schools, Ottawa County

Jamie Rahrig, Interested Citizen, Ingham County

Daniel Parker, Interested Citizen, Oakland County

Melinda M. Clynes, Freelance Writer, Oakland County

Stephanie Thompson, Early Childhood Coordinator, Holly Area Schools, Oakland County

Rhonda Derks, Instructor, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, Muskegon County Amanda DeHart, Teacher, Holly Elementary, Oakland County
Sandra Bujack, Assistant Teacher, Davisburg Kids, Oakland County
Laura Gillis, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County

Travertine Garcia, Master of Public Health, University of Michigan, Washtenaw County

Calli Brannan, Community Nutrition Instructor, MSU Extension, Wayne County

Betsy Ford, Dietetic Intern, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Washtenaw County

Anne Courliss-Lane, Interested Citizen, Emmet County

Alek Ostrander, Master of Public Health, University of Michigan, Washtenaw County

Margaret Weber, Interested Citizen, Wayne County

Pam Greiffendorf, Food Service Director, Lakeshore Public Schools, Berrien County

Stephanie Osborn, Master of Public Health, Wayne State University, Wayne County

Gloria Rivera, Coordinator, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Wayne County

Marissa Natzke, Child Nutrition Manager, Statewide

Sharon Sheldon, Executive Committee, Washtenaw Food Policy Council, Washtenaw County

Kelly Wilson, RD, Director of Community Partners, Taste the Local Difference, Statewide

Lucy Dilley, Parent, Executive Director, Can-Do Kitchen, Kalamazoo County Karen Dodge, Educator, Alanson Public School, Emmet County

Emma Beauchamp, Communications Manager, Taste the Local Difference, Statewide

Sara Simmerman, Food & Nutrition Director, Huron Valley Schools, Oakland County

Lynette Simmons, Vice President of Operations-Community Initiatives, YMCA Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb & Livingston Counties

Catherine Simon, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County

Colleen Puddock, Teacher, Holly Area Schools, Oakland County

Casey Haggerty, Interested Citizen, Emmet County

Emma Truax, Interested Citizen, Ingham County

Laura Nicholls, Interested Citizen, Emmet County

Jessyca Stoepker, Program Coordinator, Manna Food Project, Antrim, Emmet, Charlevoix County

Sarah Gonzalez, Interested Citizen, Dickinson County April Gasbarre, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County

Margie Gillean, Interested Citizen, Midland County

Emily Lesky, Interested Citizen, Emmet County
Kristin Bates, Organizer, Girls Get Fit, Charlevoix County
Mark Howell, Executive Director, Founder, Fund a Life, Livingston County Julie Ann Haggerty Stone, Interested Citizen, Livingston County Kathleen Rkyshak, Interested Citizen, Oakland County

Arianna Coffman, Interested Citizen, Michigan

Francine Romine Macbride, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County Leanne Chadwick, Interested Citizen, Michigan
Irene Stone, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County
Jaime Langdon, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County
Lily Buday, Interested Citizen, Emmet County
Crystal Raynes, Interested Citizen, Calhoun County
Dawn Williams, Interested Citizen, Livingston County
Aiden Voss, Student, Kalamazoo County
Abby Harrington, Interested Citizen, Livingston County
Nancy Wind, Teacher, Charlevoix County
Angela Lin, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County
Allison Walker, Interested Citizen, Kalamazoo County
Renee Chodkowski, Interested Citizen, Livingston County
Sarah Lynch, Student, Washtenaw County
Nichole Schumacher, Interested Citizen, Calhoun County
Michelle Rangel, Interested Citizen, Calhoun County
Michelle Haviland, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County
Christina Barkel, Food Equity Specialist, Groundwork Center, Statewide

Maddison Corbin, Interested Citizen, Wayne County Alyssa Bigliardi, Interested Citizen, Livingston County Chris Gilley, Interested Citizen, Michigan

Freya Bradford, Interested Citizen, Grand Traverse County Lydia Plescher, Interested Citizen, Kent County

Sarah Stone, Interested Citizen, Livingston County

Christine Gower, Interested Citizen, Livingston County

Scott Gower, Director of Sales, C.H. Robinson, Livingston County

Sondra Halperin, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County

Matt Parent, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County

AngeliquicLefevre,InterestedCitizen,L​ ivingston,Oakland,Wayne,Wexford Counties

McKenzie Powers, Interested Citizen, Oakland County

Reiley Curran, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, Washtenaw County

Velonda Anderson, PhD, VJ Enterprises, LLC, Wayne County

Alexander Popkey, Teacher, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Washtenaw County

Julie Martinson, Partner, Soul Springs Permaculture, Emmet County

Therese Cousins, Interested Citizen, Grand Traverse County

Rachael Byard, Interested Citizen, Emmet County

Laura Kull, President, Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Statewide

Wendy Wieland, Innovation Counselor, MSU Product Center, MSU Extension, Charlevoix County

Sarah Egan, Interested Citizen, Washtenaw County
Roxanne Kania, Interested Citizen, Livingston County
Monica Genslak, Food Service Director, Brandon Schools, Oakland County Lucy A LaVoy, Interested Citizen, Kalamazoo County

Patricia Giorlando, Food Service Administrative Assistant, Eastpointe Community Schools, Macomb County

Sean Sorenson-Abbot, Manager, Government Relations, Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Ingham County

Mary Width, Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Wayne State University, Wayne County

Amy Kuras, Research and Policy Program Manager, Detroit Food Policy Council, Wayne County

Gail Rogers, Dietetic Internship Director, Michigan State University, Ingham County

Stephania Tilton, Student, Grand Valley State University, Ottawa County

Kayla Kingsbury, Graduate Student, Grand Valley State University, Ottawa County

Nancy Padilla, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Oakland County

Sandra Pernecky, Program Director, Dietetics, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw County

Christina Svoyatsky, Student, Clinical Dietetics, Grand Valley State University, Kent County

Colleen Joseph, Student, University of Michigan, Washtenaw County

Stephanie Schacher, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Statewide

Marielle Menke, Dietetic Intern, University of Michigan, Washtenaw County

Laurie Fortlage, Registered Dietitian, University of Michigan Medicine, Washtenaw County

Connor Patrick, Student, Grand Valley State University, Ottawa County Erin Powell, Registered Dietitian, Genesee County
Crystal Meyers, Registered Dietitian, Saginaw County

Holly Scherer, Health Educator, Registered Dietitian, Wayne County Marie Nalezyty, Interested Citizen, Oakland County

Kelsey Shurmur, Interested Citizen, Wayne County

Megan Ponke, MS, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Kent County

Madison Wierenga, Interested Citizen, Kent County

Patrice Moesta, MA, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Genesee County

Mary Rosita Schiller, Development Assistant, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Kent County

Ruth Zech, Registered Dietitian, Women, Infants, Children (WIC), Berrien County

Alexandra Engler, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Livingston County

Kathryn Whiteside, Registered Dietitian, Washtenaw County

Dawn Earnesty, Registered Dietitian, Saginaw County

Melanie Hutchings, Interested Citizen, Oakland County

Jennifer Gawel, Registered Dietitian, Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital, Alpena County

Natalie Emerick, Student, University of Michigan, Washtenaw County Sarah McCallum, Dietitian, Oakland County

Elizabeth Carley, Graduate Student, Grand Valley State University, Grand Traverse County

Aria A. Grabowski, Dietetic Intern, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Washtenaw County

Amber Linderman, Clinical Dietetic Graduate Student, Grand Valley State University, Kent County

Lauren Hunt, Registered Dietitian, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo County Lynette Maxey, Director of Support Services, Manistee County
Anthony Mann, Interested Citizen, Monroe County
Nadia Akanan, Owner, Wholeistic Health & Wellness Center LLC, Wayne County Andrea Kooistra, MS, Registered Dietitian, Kent County

Melissa M. Krajnik, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Benzie County

Mieko Diener, Registered Dietitian, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Washtenaw County

 

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