Cover of the 2022-2023 10 Cents a Meal Legislative Report

10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids and Farms 2022-2023 Legislative Report


March 6, 2024 - Michigan Department of Education, <>, <>, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms (10 Cents a Meal) is a state-funded program that matches what schools and early care and education (ECE) sites spend on Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and dry beans with grants of up to 10 cents per meal.

Program Goals

  • Improve daily nutrition and eating habits for children in school and early care and eduction settings.
  • Invest in Michigan agriculture and related local food business economy.

Program Year Overview

  • In the 2022-2023 program, 240 school districts, early care and education sites (ECEs), and other childcare sponsors were awarded over $5.6 million in funding.
  • Throughout the year, 218 different grantees shared information through electronic evaluation surveys (2) and 182 shared purchasing information through invoices.
  • Grantees were comprised of 214 public schools and districts, seven non-public schools, two residential child care institutions (RCCIs), 15 ECE sites, and two other non school recipient sponsors (ONSRs) across the state.
  • Additionally, 59 childcare centers and family day care home providers participated in 10 Cents a Meal through a pilot program with their Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsoring organization.
  • Collectively, grantees served nearly 587,000 children in 65 of Michigan’s 83 counties.
  • Grantees reported differing levels of experience purchasing local foods for food programs: 26% indicated that they had 10 years or more of experience (31 out of 119 grantees) while 19% indicated that they were newer to purchasing local foods (23 grantees), with one year or less of experience before participating in 10 Cents a Meal.

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