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Michigan gets USDA grant to help feed kids during the summer

Jun 9, 2015

A new grant will make it easier for some Michigan students to get meals during the summer.
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Michigan is getting $5.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help feed kids this summer.

The grant will fund a pilot program that lets families use electronic benefits cards to purchase healthy food in their communities.

Kyle Guerrant with the Michigan Department of Education said one in five children in the state  doesn't have enough to eat.

"Approximately 50% of a student's calories are received in the school environment," he said. "We know that need is still there in the summertime for many of  our students and families."

Guerrant says the program will serve about 40,000 students around the state this summer, including students in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Alpena school districts.

Michigan is one of eight states the USDA selected to receive the funding.