"According to the State of Michigan, 388 students in Buena Vista receive free food assistance, and seven receive reduced-price meals," Kildee wrote in his letter to USDA Secretary Tom VilsackThomas J. VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE. "As these students are not in school and a plan has not been announced by the state to resume classes, these children are lacking access to the food that they need."
According to press reports out of Michigan, Buena Vista Township's school system is deeply in debt, and in August, it must repay a $2 million loan made by the state of Michigan. The township also borrowed a half million dollars to run a program that no students were attending, and the state is freezing payments to Buena Vista while it collects that money.
Kildee's request was made on the same day that The Associated Press reported that Detroit, Mich. is "insolvent," and unable to borrow more money. That finding was made in a report from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, which could lead to pay cuts for government workers and reduced pension and health benefits.