Zorn applauds grants for Bedford, Monroe schools to use more local produce

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Friday applauded new state grants that will help schools in Bedford and Monroe purchase more locally grown produce.

“This is great news for Monroe and Bedford students and the entire region,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Helping provide growing children with healthy and nutritious food is critical to developing sharp minds and promoting long-term fitness. This grant will help these schools team up with local farmers will increase students’ access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.”

Bedford Public Schools and Monroe Public Schools are among 32 school districts statewide that will receive additional funding in 2017 to purchase locally grown produce.

The grant awards are from the 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms pilot program, which is now in its second year. Legislators expanded the program to $375,000 for the upcoming school year and added the southeast Michigan region. Michigan Prosperity Region 9 consists of six counties in southeast Michigan, including Monroe and Lenawee counties.

“I want to thank Senator Goeff Hansen for his leadership in expanding this successful program to southeast Michigan,” Zorn said. “I also want to applaud the leadership at both Bedford and Monroe schools for their efforts in earning this grant.”

For more information on the 10 Cents a Meal program, visit www.tencentsmichigan.org.