Right now, every seat in the Michigan House of Representatives is up for election!
This is an important time to educate candidates about 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms, the popular and effective state program that helps schools purchase Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables for school meals.
2021 Budget: Breaking News! The governor signed the 2021 budget on September 30th, which includes $2 million for 10 Cents a Meal. Grant funding will be available to schools statewide, including sponsors of early childhood centers. Click here to learn more, and check out the grant application guide.
Advocacy: Thank you for taking action!!! Nearly 200 organizations, and more than 600 individuals, representing every single county in Michigan signed a letter to legislators and Governor Whitmer seeking funding for 10 Cents a Meal in the 2021 budget. Support came from statewide health, farm, and policy organizations as well as parents, grandparents, farmers, dietitians, and schools from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula. The letter was delivered to legislative leaders and the governor on September 1st. Click here to read the full letter and see who signed.
“The program provides a huge bang for our buck at a time when every penny counts. Our policymakers have to stretch severely limited resources to meet unprecedented health, educational and economic needs right now, and 10 Cents a Meal serves all three purposes for the low cost of one dime for every meal served to a Michigan child.”
--Michigan League for Public Policy, which makes the case for expansion statewide in the 2021 budget. Read more here.
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.