A little more than two years ago, Amber Arellano and her colleagues at Education Trust-Midwest set up shop in southeast Michigan to take on the devastating educational achievement gap in Michigan – the state’s low-income eighth-graders ranked behind low-income students in 46 states on the national math exam, and higher-income eighth-graders trailed similar students in 37 states.
Strengthen the State Fiscal Analysis Network’s efforts to impact vulnerable families by heightening the focus of racial disparities in tax, budget and economic policy and continuing the State Policy Fellows program
Strengthen efforts to assure a safe, abundant food supply and clean water in the face of climate change by advancing community food sovereignty and promoting food system resilience – land, water and health – in the Upper Midwest through core support of the Fresh Taste funder/practitioner network
Support vulnerable children by enabling public health practitioners and community allies to advance a public narrative benefitting the health and well-being of children made vulnerable through social exclusion and marginalization
Ready for School collaborates with community organizations, school districts and other stakeholders to engage and inform parents about early childhood education and to expand early learning opportunities.
Launched in 2009, the Double Up Food Bucks program has grown from five farmer’s markets in Detroit to more than 150 locations throughout Michigan, including grocery stores, food stands and mobile food trucks.
Since 2009, more than $3.7 million in Double Up Food Bucks have been spent at food retail locations in Michigan. The program helps SNAP recipients double their food dollars on fresh, locally-grown produce.