The Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) in Flint will intensify its efforts to increase access to federal nutrition programs for Michigan youth.
Supported by the Walmart Foundation, a grant from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) will be used to help CCJ address the need by school resource-providers to improve their food service initiatives.
“There are 338,000 children in Michigan living with food insecurity,” says CCJ Executive Director Kelly L. Bidelman. “CCJ will use these funds to maintain and expand our efforts to increase awareness of, and participation in, the Community Eligibility Provision, as well as the school breakfast, afterschool meal and summer nutrition programs among schools.”
Summer and after-school meal initiatives are underutilized in Michigan, according to research. The Food Research & Action Center’s grant will let CCJ offer schools and districts direct assistance and guidance in procedures to adopt the Community Eligibility Provision or expanding their nutrition programs.
“The Community Eligibility Provision allows high-poverty schools and local educational agencies to offer free meals to all students, while eliminating the traditional school meal application process,” says Etienne Melcher Philbin, FRAC’s child nutrition senior policy analyst.
CCJ is a Flint-based non-profit law firm that advocates for low-income Michigan residents.