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Foundation awards MSU $6M for food programs

August 29, 2014
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Foundation awards MSU $6 million for food programs
MSU is helping more Michiganders gain access to “good food” — or food that’s “healthy, green and affordable.” Courtesy MSU

A local foundation has awarded Michigan State University $6 million in grants for research and outreach programs to promote access to healthy food in the state.

The university said this week that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek is making two grants over four years to its Center for Regional Food Systems.

Michigan State said one grant "focuses on expanding access to fresh food" by "advancing local food purchasing and supporting Michigan farmers." It encourages farm-to-school programs that bring produce and information from farms to schools, school districts and early childcare programs.

The university said another grant supports the Michigan Good Food Charter. Among its key goals is that 20 percent of the food consumed in Michigan will come from Michigan producers by 2020.

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