Michigan Receives USDA Grant to Feed Poor Kids

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan has been awarded a federal grant aimed at reducing hunger among low-income children next summer when they don't get breakfast or lunch at school.

The state expects to receive more than $800,000 to continue a project that provides food aid with a debit-style card. Michigan hopes to provide 10,600 students with a $60 monthly stipend.

The grant also will cover another 28,000 randomly selected low-income students with $60 or $30 per month for food in various school districts, including Detroit.

The money comes from the U.S. Agriculture Department.

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  • by RT Location: Lansing on Feb 18, 2013 at 08:21 AM
    On one hand we're told that there's an epidemic of childhood obesity then in the next report we're told that there's rampant child hunger...OK, which is it??
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 11, 2013 at 02:23 PM
    Another subsidy program that hurts middle class. Ever look at stores and see the price difference in products that are wic approved and not. Pediasure is $10 for a case of six while Ensure is selling for 7. The same stuff, just one is paid by wic. Wic approved bread is $3 a loaf while other loaves rand from $.88 to $2.50.
  • by Pete Location: Lansing on Feb 11, 2013 at 01:56 PM
    Mind boggling that Lansing has bottomed out and not being able to feed their children. I doubt that debit cards will go towards nutrition. Probably McDonalds but it would be difficult to set up kitchens that are convenient.
  • by Jackie Abbott Location: Buchanan, MI on Feb 11, 2013 at 08:20 AM
    How ridiculous. So instead of supporting the entities who have a summer food service program for kids, we will now give out debit cards? 1. Is your 9 year old responsible enough to use a debit card? 2. Won't these children be put at risk from older students taking cards? 3. What happened to nutrition? Will they then be allowed to buy any food item. 4. What about the dishonest store owner who takes SNAP cards for payment of anything. Once again we are giving out money without thinking of the consequences. The SFSP program is a great program that feeds children and gives them something to do in the summer under supervision. Kiss that good bye.
  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Feb 10, 2013 at 02:56 PM
    No, this money does NOT come from the U.S. Agriculture Department. It comes from the hard working taxypayers. Why are't parents resposible for feeding their children? Maybe if parents were more worried about feeding their children than having their flat screens, cell phones, tattoos, piercings, hair coloring/styles, fake nails, name-label clothes, pit bull puppies, etc., the rest of us wouldn't have to be taxed to death to pay for other peoples' irresponsibility.
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