The funding is the first step in the state's Feed to Achieve Act, which aims to provide free meals to all students by 2015.
The legislation would reduce red tape involved in getting USDA approval for serving native foods in non-commercial operations.
Operators say new products and subtler changes will prevent student disatisfaction over implementation of breakfast rules.
The teacher's union has filed a grievance because of mess and reduction in teaching time.
Following a protest over the new meal regs, one school district struggles to increase participation.
Several states were elimiinated from the study, which could have affected the results.
The School Nutrition Association’s annual conference provided plenty of healthy fodder for attendees.
The state adopted similar rules in 2006.
Administrators hope the plan will save money and allow schools to focus on teaching.
The district worked with local producers to purchase beef and chicken for use in school meals.
The district says it can be more efficient and create from-scratch meals.
A gluten-free item cannot contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten.
Michigan Court of Appeals dismisses lawsuit filed after district banned peanuts from being brought to schools in students' lunches.
State legislature says money will strengthen local economies.
App also provides nutritional and allergen information.
Vegetables were the most likely item to be found in the trash.
Olive, avocado and oil blends help operators provide healthier flavor profiles.
Taking kids to farm is one strategy that has worked.
Unpaid meal debt accounts for $300,000.