School Hunger


Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

This will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan by giving all students who buy lunches at school a lunch no matter how much money they have or don´t have in their school lunch accounts.

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

I learned about the issue underlying our proposal by experiencing getting my lunch taken away and seeing other students getting their lunches taken away.

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:



Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

CONSULTATION 1: Mr. Shrock (Principal)

CONSULTATION 2: Sharron Lenard (Head Lunch Staff)

CONSULTATION 3: Erin MacGregor (Superintendant)



Describe the specific issue or problem, being sure to provide sufficient context so that someone less familiar with the issue has a sense of the bigger picture, but know that your focus here is on a more detailed spelling out of the specific problem or issue that you’ve identified. (250 words minimum)


Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1: Tabs on students lunch accounts

SOLUTION 2: ¨Red Zone¨ extended on school lunch accounts

SOLUTION 3: Donation box to help students who are in lunch debt


Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.

¨I would recommend you and your team work together to narrow your focus a bit. Identify which aspect of school hunger you want to address, and that will help you more easily research and dig into the topic.¨

The impact that our topic coordinator had on the final draft of our proposal was benificial in helping us really focus on what we want and need and reminded us to not drift to different topics that aren´t as focused on our problem.

Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

Our research process started with adressing the problem that school hunger is more common and more serious than we think. We discussed possible solutions like, free school lunches, creating tabs for student lunch accounts, expanding the ¨Red Zone¨ in school lunch accounts, and possibly creating a place where students, staff, and parents/guardians could donate money to a general school lunch account that could pay for students who go over their lunch money limit. We interviewed our principal, Mr. Shrock, and he agreed that students that going without lunch because they dont have enough money is a problem. He leaned more towards our suggention of creating tabs for students. We also interviewed our head lunch assistant, Ms. Lenard, who told us that they sometimes cannot give lunches to students because the school would be losing money. Our last interview was with our superintendant, Mr. MacGregor. He agreed with Mr. Shrock that school hunger is a problem that we need to address and that creating tabs and creating a donation box would be a good possible solution. He also told us that creating free school lunches wouldn´t be a possible solution because our school does not meet the standard of 40% of students tht cannot afford school lunches. These interviews really helped us form a more accurate and more detailed perspective of both sides of this problem.


Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?

Jayme Mannor- Captain

Jared Aiken- Problem Research Team

Mike Kee and Ty Weatherly- Solution Research Team

Anna Zoboleva- Connection exsisting Michigan Law or Bill Team

Samantha Cheyne- Proposal Writing Team



The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS....students are getting their lunches taken away.

WHEREAS....students are being less productive in school.

WHEREAS....students are being picked on at school.

Whereas...students with health problems are facing difficulties without lunch.

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).


1. Lunch tabs for students to gradually pay off

2. Expanding ¨Red Zone¨ to $20

3. Donation website for students, staff, parents/guardians, and others to donate money to a larger school lunch account that covers all students in debt. 

(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)


What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

1. School cannot afford these solutions

2. Students taking advantage of these solutions

3. Students don´t pay back money

Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  

Donation Box- money comes from donators

Tabs- money comes from students


These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.


-Students with expierences


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