Tracking Shows Increase in Local Food Purchasing at Michigan Schools
May 29, 2018
Since 2014, the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems has partnered with the Michigan Department of Education to track local food purchasing by K-12 schools. This is done through an optional two-part question in the annual School Nutrition Program (SNP) application within the Michigan Electronic Grants System Plus (MEGS+) online application system.
This short report shares the K-12 local food purchasing results from the 2017 MEGS+ application and compares these to the 2014 results.
The SNP application is required of all Michigan schools/districts participating in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The questions on the MEGS+ applications only focus on local food purchasing by K-12 schools and do not capture dollar amounts spent on local foods.
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