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Michigan Land Use Institute Receives Grant To Help Schools Provide Local Foods

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The Michigan Land Use Institute received a grant today that will help schools provide locally grown foods to their students.

The USDA awarded the institute a two year $100,000 grant, to help more local farmers put home grown fruits and vegetables on lunch trays.

The Land Use Institute will partner will eight local school districts and farmers, to buy equipment that will make it easier to scale up local food in schools.

The grant will be beneficial in a number of ways, including helping to educate the students on where certain foods come from and how to eat healthy.

Gary Derrigan, the Food Service Director for TCAPS says,

     "It's not only having the children having the healthy approach to the foods, but also economically, it's good for everyone in the community to be able to purchase these locally."

The grant is one of sixty-eight awarded by the USDA.