The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) and Ford Motor Company Fund are partnering to commit $1.5 million in support of The Henry Ford’s farm-to-lunch program.
CFSEM and Ford Motor Company Fund are supporting the launch of the Farm to School Lunch Across America initiative, a national program during October Farm to School Month in 2024, serving schoolchildren, teachers and families meals sourced locally and regeneratively.
“The community foundation congratulates The Henry Ford for leading the farm-to-school lunch program,” Ric DeVore, president of CFSEM, said. “We have long supported food access programs in southeast Michigan, and we believe The Henry Ford initiative has the potential to not only improve health outcomes for participants and their families, but to teach others about the power of sustainable food systems.”
According to a press release, this advocacy effort will focus on the importance of healthy and in-season lunch programs for K-12 students and involve schools across the nation through programming and assemblies.
“More than 34 million Americans, including 9 million children, face food insecurity,” Mary Culler, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and CMF trustee, said. “That’s why we’re so proud to build on our longstanding partnership with The Henry Ford to transform access to fresh, healthy food for school children across the country.”
Read the full press release.