Tracking Shows Increase in Local Food Purchasing at Michigan Schools
May 29, 2018 - Author: Megan Thompson, Colleen Matts
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.