Plan Information

TermDefinition of TermDatabase entry
Plan RegionRegional scope of planMichigan
Publication DateYear that plan was originally published2010
Plan TitleFormal title of the published plan/documentMichigan Good Food Charter
WebpageIf applicable, webpage associated with the plan/planning project
AuthorsListed author(s) of the plan, and descriptions as applicableC.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University, Food Bank Council of Michigan, and the Michigan Food Policy Council
Author Type Category types: [Partnership; University; Government; Non-profit; Network; Food Policy Council]University; Non-Profit; Network
Region Type [Inter-state; State; City: County]State
Funding Sources [Foundations, State Government; Municipal Government; Federal Government; Individual Donors; State University; Private University; Non-profit organizations/entities; Unspecified]Foundations
FundersCompiled list of fundersW.K. Kellogg Foundation (principle)
Total Project BudgetTotal amount of funding for plan creation and publicationApproximately $245,000 to support the a full-time coordinator and 20% time for 12 co-conveners of 6 workgroups as well as to host a statewide summit
Plan GoalsOverarching goals of the plan/recommendationsTo reemphasize their “local and regional food systems, alongside national and global ones” (p. 1) as a means to promote:- A strong economy: “Our farms and food business sustain farmers, owners and workers and contribute to vibrant Michigan communities” (p. 8);- Equity: “All people have access to good, Michigan-grown food, and our young people can thrive” (p. 8); and- Sustainability: “We have a diverse and resilient food system that protects our cultural, ecological and economic assets” (p. 8).
To achieve these goals, this plan calls for the need to grow, sell and eat “good food” that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable (p. 1).
They outline six key goals to reach their vision by 2020:
“1. Michigan institutions will source 20% of their food product from Michigan growers, producers, and processors.
2. Michigan farmers will profitably supply 20% of all Michigan institutional, retailer, and consumer food purchases and be able to pay fair wages to their workers.
3. Michigan will generate new agri-food businesses at a rate that enables 20% of food purchased in Michigan to come from Michigan.
4. 80% of Michigan residents (twice the current level) will have easy access to affordable, fresh, healthy food, 20% of which is from Michigan sources.
5. Michigan Nutrition Standards will be met by 100% of school meals and 75% of schools selling food outside school meal programs.
6. Michigan schools will incorporate food and agriculture into the pre-K through 12th grade curriculum for all Michigan students and youth will have access to food and agriculture entrepreneurial opportunities” (p. 2).
Intended AudienceWho is this plan written for?Diverse audience: policymakers, government, business, community
Plan Recommendation StructureOverview of how recommendations are structured within the written document,, i.e.: “5 goals, each with strategies and sub-recommendations”, etc.This Charter presents 25 policy priority areas, each with specific strategies. 
The areas are organized by area and sector. They are either:1. “Local Agenda Priorities” under “Market-based,” Land use-based,” or “Community-based,” or2. “Statewide Agenda Priorities” under “Business or non-profit-based,” “Legislation-based, “State agency-based” or “Research-based.”
Catalyst for PlanAny important events that led to the creation of the plan, its funding, etc.The 2006 recommendations from the Michigan Food Policy Council were seen as limited in scope (directed toward state executive branch only) and and the process of developing the recommendations had not generated wide scale buy-in across sectors and stakeholder groups. The Charter was intended to generate a broader set of goals and priorities developed through a more participatory process. 
Creation ProcessThe process by which this document was created, including Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.The creation process of the Charter was stewarded by a planning committee and supported by an honorary advisory committee. Work groups were created and lead by twelve co-conveners.
Starting in September 2009, work groups examined Michigan’s current food system and developed opportunities to advance “good food” in Michigan. The work group co-conveners were tasked with engaging stakeholders from across the state to identify key needs and opportunities in a particular domain of the food system.
At the Michigan Good Food Summit in February 2010, each work group presented a “draft action agenda” to be workshopped with the 350 summit participants. Participant feedback informed a draft of the charter, which was then shared out broadly for another round of feedback.
The creation of created a platform to share documents, comments and feedback, and links to listservs.
Theoretical Framework  [Collective Impact Framework; Transformative Scenario Planning; Human Centered Design; Design Thinking; Systems Thinking; Other; N/A]Collective Impact Framework
Theoretical Framework: LiteratureIf included, what literature did the report use as a theoretical framework?
Development TimelineLength of time it took for the plan to be created and published.1 year
Implementation StrategyArticulated strategies used to implement the recommendations.The Charter’s implementation strategy is integrated into the strategies, and each priority action area includes various levels of implementation specificity.
The Charter was updated in 2022 (see attached). 
Implementation TimelineRecommended length of time for Plan to be implemented by.10 years (by 2020). A 2022 Charter is attached below. 
Evaluation StrategyEstablished strategy for monitoring and evaluating plan implementation post-publication.Biennial report cards with narrative on progress towards 6 goals and 25 agenda priorities
Plan statusUpdated
Adoption StatusWas the plan adopted by state government?Not AdoptedThe Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services signed a Resolution of Support for the Charter
Supplemental Documents (to be attached within the AirTable)Supplemental documents that were published by the FSP group or corresponding organizations, and/or any document that provided background information and research to inform the analyzed plan.Michigan Good Food Charter 2022