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Advocate for 10 Cents a Meal!

 

Help expand healthy, locally grown food to school cafeterias across the state—including the cafeteria at your child's school! Here you'll find a host of tips and resources ranging from backgrounders that can inform conversations with your school administrators and school board to ideas for helping educate state lawmakers. Let us know if you have questions or other good suggestions.

10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms is sparking healthy choices and a vibrant economy by providing schools with match incentive funding to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables and legumes.

Update, March 10, 2020

The 10 Cents a Meal grant program finally is positioned to go statewide—with grant applications likely soon. Please spread the word to schools, early child care centers, schools, and farms.

● After three years as a state pilot, 10 Cents a Meal is now called a “program” instead of a “pilot” in a new $2 million supplemental budget bill that is expected to have the support of the House, Senate and Governor, as of news from March 10, 2020.

● For the first time, the grant opportunity will be available to school districts statewide that participate in the National School Lunch Program.

● For the first time it also would be available to sponsors of early child care centers (sponsors are to child care centers as school districts are to school buildings.)

● It also can be used for summer feeding programs and for purchases for the 2020-2021 school year and the following 2021 summer.

● Receipts or other documentation showing purchases of locally grown fruits, vegetables, and dry beans -- with the farm name and location -- dating to September 2020 will count toward purchasing and match requirements in the grant.

 

What you can do

Help schools seize the opportunity: You can help schools understand how to be strong applicants and grantees. A good start is the Grant Application Guide at the Tools for Schools tab of tencentsmichigan.org.

Support schools in success Successful grantees engage children so they are excited about trying new foods. Examples include taste tests in the cafeteria or classroom and fun facts about food for the eyes or brain. Food service staff and educators alike would welcome your help. More ideas are at the Build Your Farm to School Program page of Tools for Schools.

 

 

Other ways to get engaged

Learn more: Find lots of information at tencentsmichigan.org, including legislative reports, success stories, and more. You can also sign up for the 10 Cents a Meal e-newsletter.

Sign on as a supporter: Add your name to the list of people and organizations that embrace investing in local food for kids in schools as a positive part of Michigan’s identity. If you want, you can also be alerted to opportunities for advocacy.

Spread the word: Raise awareness about this innovative program with health and economy advocates, school boards, PTAs, food service staff, state legislators, and other leaders. You’ll find hand-outs at Tools for Communities at the tencentsmichigan.org web site.

Help schools seize the opportunity: You can help schools understand how to be strong applicants and grantees. A good start is the Grant Application Guide at the Tools for Schools tab of tencentsmichigan.org.

Support schools in success: Successful grantees engage children so they are excited about trying new foods. Examples include taste tests in the cafeteria or classroom and fun facts about food for the eyes or brain. Food service staff and educators alike would welcome your help. More ideas are at the Build Your Farm to School Program page of Tools for Schools.

Educate elected officials: Now is the time to get to know your legislators and candidates for the Michigan House race, and make sure they are educated about the importance of 10 Cents for FY 21-22!

Get social: Like, follow, and share the 10 Cents a Meal Facebook page.

 

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Supporters Guide to 10 Cents

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