Let legislators and Governor Gretchen Whitmer know that funding for 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms must finally be funded this year in a supplemental School Aid Budget and also next year. 10 Cents addresses critical needs in the COVID-19 crisis.
Legislators love it when they learn about 10 Cents, but the program is an easily missed line item in the 31j section of the School Aid Budget. Make sure legislators are educated about 10 Cents a Meal! And make sure candidates in Michigan’s upcoming House race are educated too!
Get to know policymakers, and let them get to know you. You can educate them about 10 Cents year-round. Then, when it’s time to advocate, they will already know you.
Advocate With Policymakers
Take your action beyond educating policymakers. At key times of the year, it’s time to make an ask for a specific amount of funding.
Join the schools, farms, parents, educators, businesses, health and economy advocates, and other citizens who endorse Michigan’s innovative 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms program. Those who have signed up as supporters or provided statements of support include the School Nutrition Association of Michigan, the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Michigan League for Public Policy, Healthy Kids Healthy Michigan, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Farmers Union, Michigan Vegetable Council, Michigan Food and Farming Systems, Detroit Food Policy Council, Crim Fitness Foundation in Flint, and school districts ranging from those in the Detroit region to the state’s Upper Peninsula.
Help us build awareness around the state!
For the 10 Cents policy to be successful, schools must be successful.