Foundation awards MSU $6M for food programs
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.
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.