Schools Getting Help with Free Lunch Programs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan schools in low-income areas are splitting up $2.5 million from the federal stimulus program to buy cafeteria equipment to improve their lunch programs.
The grants announced Thursday goes to 167 schools in more than 100 school districts statewide.
Three of the schools are in Jackson: McCulloch, TA Wilson and Northeast Emelemtary,
Four Ingham County charter schools are also getting money: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy, Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy, Capital Area Academy and New Center Academy.
The final local grants are going to the Ingham County Youth Center, Highfields Inc. and Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson County.
Benton Harbor High School is to receive the largest of the grants at $52,000. Most of the grants are for $25,000 or less and several are under $10,000.
A school qualifies for the stimulus money if at least half of its students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
More than 60 of the schools listed Thursday are in Wayne County, including 10 from the Detroit Public Schools.


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  • by terry Location: mich on Jul 24, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    Free lunch programs mean LOW-INCOME and many are there.Many with no jobs and none comming.Many have already lost so much,as they sold off what took so long to get with working then found themselves with no jobs and withoutall things and lost even their homes.Why has this happened?Our so call ones running this state made bad choices and spent foolishly.Not even food banks can keep up with the demand.Any money handed out I surely hope goes where it is suppose to because in the past it hasn't always been that way.God help us all.It looks like hard times will get worse in mi.We pay in taxes and as more jobs were lost more people lost and tax money is less monthly.We don't see anyone being held responsible for this as for doing a bad job running mi,no one got the ax.Many should hang their head in shame for what has happened to mich and the lives of it's people.
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