Thanks to your outreach to the governor and our state legislators, 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms has been funded statewide for the 2020-21 school year. Now more than ever, 10 Cents addresses critical needs brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Once legislators learn about 10 cents, they love it. When the new legislature is seated in January, help them stay informed about how 10 Cents a Meal is having a positive impact in your district!
Big win! 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.
Your advocacy mattered: 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, makes the case for expansion statewide in the 2021 budget. Read more here.
Share this handout with your legislator. It’s a good primer. Watch for new advocacy hand-outs soon!
2020 Budget — Restored Funding: Together, we sent more than 350 emails to legislative leaders and the governor, to request restored funding for this essential school food program. The legislature recently passed a supplemental budget bill for 2019-2020, which maintained funding levels for eligible grantees in select pilot regions. This funding preserved the infrastructure of this important program and provided critical support to schools in their heroic efforts over the past year to feed Michigan's children in schools, and then in homes when the pandemic hit.
My goal, first and foremost, was to keep it alive. We got that accomplished. As the old adage says: 'Live to fight another day.' And that is what we are going to do.
Read more of Sen. Schmidt's comments in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Make sure legislators are educated about 10 Cents a Meal! And when the next election rolls around—not as far off as it may seem—be ready to educate your candidates as well.
SPARKING HEALTHY CHOICES AND A VIBRANT ECONOMY.
10 Cents a Meal provides schools with match incentive funds to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and dry beans—improving child health and supporting family farms. Funded as a pilot project by the State Legislature since 2016, 10 Cents a Meal transitioned to a statewide program this year. Child nutrition experts at the national level have praised 10 Cents a Meal as a leading, innovative model. Let’s make investing in local food for kids in schools a part of Michigan’s identity.