MSU Extension Partners with Mason County Eastern Schools

Michigan State University Extension is now on board to support the success of the 10 Cents a Meal program at Mason County Eastern Schools.

The state program provides schools with up to 10 cents per meal in matching funds to buy and serve local produce. It initially was a pilot program in Traverse City in 2016.

Going into its third year, the program secured more than $9 million in the state budget. MSU Extension says a farm to school program at Mason County Eastern makes sense.

“There’s two goals. It’s to improve daily nutrition and eating habits for Michigan children in school and childcare settings, as well as to invest in Michigan grown agriculture, to support a culture of health that is supportive of children being familiar and enthusiastic about eating local food,” said MSU Extension educator Sarah Eichberger.

Mason County Eastern Schools is one of 53 recipients in the West Michigan Region participating in this year’s program.