MENOMINEE — Menominee Area Public Schools by the request of Kelly King, behavior coordinator, with the sponsorship of James Porras, Porras Insurance Center, LLC, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan, was recently awarded a $2,500 grant to fight food insecurity among students in the district by the Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan Agent Charitable Fund (ACF).

These funds will be used to provide supplemental snack foods to all grades of the school district. The Menominee School District is one of 10 school districts throughout the state to receive a Feeding the Future Grant from the ACF. Districts were nominated by a local Farm Bureau Insurance agent and selected by a committee of ACF donors based on the need of the district, population being served and overall goal of the program.

In 2020, a total of $50,000 will be awarded through this grant program. The next round of Feeding the Future Grants will open in July and up to 10 additional school districts will receive a $2,500 grant.

“In some Michigan communities, the only meal kids eat each day is the one they get at school. This is a problem,” commented Merrick Maris, ACF founder and committee co-chair. “The Agent Charitable Fund wants to reduce the pain and anxiety of food insecurity on children and help provide better conditions for students to focus on learning and ultimately, achieving their dreams.”

If people would like more information about the ACF, they may call Noelle Nachreiner at 517-679-5573 or email or James Porras in Menominee at 906-864-9373, or email