An estimate of 13 percent of Michigan households, over 500,000 families, don't have reliable access to healthy food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its 2017 Report of Household Insecurity in the United States.

MSU Extension and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems support food security and access in Michigan.

Some of these initiatives include:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) adult nutrition program
  • Michigan Good Food Charter partnerships supporting Michigan food systems (healthy, sustainable, fair, affordable)
  • Michigan Department of Education Office of Health and Nutrition Series programs for healthy food and access


Hoophouses for Health and MI Farm to School Initiatives

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) partnered with the Michigan Farmers Market Association on the Hoophouses for Health and MI Farm to School initiatives.

These initiatives provided loans and grants to farmers to invest in hoophouses and expand their growing season while also helping increase healthy and fresh food access for vulnerable children and families in their communities.

The MI Farm to School Grant Program, which operated from 2011-2018 through CRFS, aimed to help early care and education sites and school programs offer more healthy, local foods to vulnerable children.


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SNAP-Ed Adult Nutrition Education Report 2017-2018

December 21, 2018

We want to make a difference in Michigan communities. Read more to find out about our work in adult nutrition education.

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2018 Michigan Good Food Report Card Summary

October 22, 2018

This summary overview of the 2018 Michigan Good Food Report Card shares progress made toward the six goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter over the past two years.


10 Cents a Meal for School Kids and Farms 2017-2018 Legislative Report

March 20, 2018

The Michigan Department of Education 2017-2018 Legislative Report on the 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms pilot program.