nutrition en Cereal drive targets a downside of summer: child hunger <p>There’s an effort underway to make sure kids who usually get breakfast at school don’t go hungry in the summer months.</p><p>This is the fifth year that nurses at the Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital have taken up a <a href="">cereal drive for those at-risk kids</a>.</p><p>The drive was the brainchild of Pam Taurence and her colleagues on the Professional Nurse Council.</p><p>Taurence says it started in 2010, when the group was trying to come up with an idea for a community service project.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:25:40 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17827 at Cereal drive targets a downside of summer: child hunger Michigan kid wins lunch at the White House with his pizza pocket recipe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you have ever visited the White House, you know it's an exciting memory you always treasure.</span></p><p>But how many of us can say we not only visited the White House, we were invited to have lunch with the First Lady of the United States?</p><p>Jacob Hirsch of Bloomfield Hills is 8 years old. Tomorrow, Jacob will be a guest at a Kid's "State Dinner" hosted by none other than First Lady Michelle Obama. It's actually a healthy lunch, part of the First Lady's <a href="">"Let's Move" initiative</a>.</p><p>Jacob won his invitation by submitting a healthy recipe in a big national competition. And out of more than 13 hundred entries, Jacob's "Picky Eater Pita Pizza Pocket" was one of 54 winners.</p><p>Jacob Hirsch joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:52:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 13419 at Michigan kid wins lunch at the White House with his pizza pocket recipe ‘Farmer’s market on wheels’ delivers to the inner city <p>&ldquo;Veggie Mobile&rdquo; will sell locally grown fruits and vegetables in Grand Rapids neighborhoods with limited access to grocery stores.</p><p>&ldquo;This is awesome,&rdquo; Governor Rick Snyder said while visiting the refrigerated truck&rsquo;s first stop Wednesday night at New Hope Baptist Church - located in a low-income neighborhood on Grand Rapids&rsquo; southwest side. He praised the public-private partnership (and the W.K. Kellogg foundation for a $1.5 million grant) that made the &ldquo;Veggie Mobile&rdquo; possible.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 01:47:51 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4461 at ‘Farmer’s market on wheels’ delivers to the inner city All students in Flint and Detroit eligible for free breakfast and lunch <p>A new United States Department of Agriculture program will provide free lunches and breakfasts to all K-12 students in the Detroit Public School system and the Flint School District.</p><p>The free meal service, known as the &quot;<a href="">Community Eligibility Option</a>,&quot; is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act singed into law by President Obama in December of 2010.</p><p>From the <a href=";contentidonly=true">USDA</a>:</p><blockquote><p>[The] universal free meal service option...makes it easier for low-income children to receive meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The &quot;Community Eligibility Option&quot; will allow schools in high-poverty areas to eliminate the use of applications and provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.</p></blockquote><p>In a <a href="">statement</a>, Mark Schrupp, DPS Chief Operating Officer, said the program is aimed at eliminating stigma:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;One of the primary goals of this program is to eliminate the stigma that students feel when they get a free lunch, as opposed to paying cash,&quot; said Schrupp. &quot;Some students would skip important meals to avoid being identified as low-income. Now, all students will walk through a lunch line and not have to pay. Low-income students will not be easily identifiable and will be less likely to skip meals.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Blake Thorne reports in the <a href="">Flint Journal</a> that a district has to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the new &quot;lunch for all&quot; program:</p><blockquote><p>The program evaluates the economic eligibility of an entire school or district, rather than individual students, and if 40 percent of the school or district&rsquo;s students qualify for free lunches, all students get them...</p><p>Last year, 81 percent of Flint students qualified for free lunches, according to Michigan Department of Education data from last fall, the most recent figures available.</p><p>Education Department figures show about 41 percent of the state&rsquo;s 1.57 million students qualify for the meals.</p></blockquote><p>The program is in its pilot phase this year and only a limited number of states can participate.</p><p>Once a district signs on, they&#39;re required to participate in the program for 4 successive school years.</p><p>The Community Eligibility Option will be available to all states beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.</p><p>In the <a href="">Detroit News</a>, Michael Van Beek of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, questioned whether the new program is a good use of taxpayer money:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Under this program, it appears we would be subsidizing school lunches and meals to students who currently don&#39;t qualify under the federal program.&quot;</p><p>Van Beek said there are more creative solutions than giving away meals to everyone at a school where less than half of the students may qualify.</p></blockquote><p>The news reports that &quot;the federal government spent $338 million on free and reduced school meals&quot; in the state in fiscal year 2010.<br /> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 20:39:16 +0000 Mark Brush 4046 at All students in Flint and Detroit eligible for free breakfast and lunch National pilot program targeting child hunger in the summer launches in Grand Rapids <p>More than <a href=",1607,7-140-37818-250998--,00.html">half a million Michigan kids qualified</a> for free and reduced lunches last year. But only about 1 in 6 of them took advantage of the programs offered during the three month summer break.</p><p><strong>By the numbers</strong></p><ul><li>The nation: 18.5 million children are eligible &ndash; 3.3 million (18%) participated</li><li>In Michigan: 546,000 children are eligible &ndash; 92,500 (17%) participated Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:33:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1421 at National pilot program targeting child hunger in the summer launches in Grand Rapids