A Closer Look at Public School Grantees - 10 Cents a Meal Evaluation Results 2020-2021

January 11, 2023 - <mcmanu60@msu.edu> and <matts@msu.edu>

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Evaluators of the the 2020–2021 year for 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids and Farms (10 Cents) wanted to explore how key characteristics of public school district grantees may influence their use of the 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids and Farms (10 Cents) program. 

Check out the summary briefs below to learn more! 

Grantees with 5 years of participation in 10 Cents reported the highest number of new Michigan-grown foods tried for the first time (6.3) and the lowest number of foods they wanted to try but were unable to find or buy (0.4). This may show that grantees with more years of experience participating in 10 Cents have a greater understanding of how to purchase local foods and may have fewer issues finding products they want to try. Additionally, grantees with 5 years of participation were least likely to affirm new connections with farms and food suppliers (33%) made through the program, but this may be because these more experienced grantees have already established the mix of local food vendors that work for them. They may even have connected with all available farms or food suppliers within their proximity, and/or they may still seek to connect with more farmers and vendors. 

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Read the whole 2020-2021 10 Cents a Meal Evaluation Report. 

Full Report


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