AGRI Milk Cooler Grants available

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Funds increase Farm to School, Farm to Early Care & Education use of Minn. dairy

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced that its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Milk Cooler Grants are now available. The MDA will award up to $22,500 to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota dairy by adding milk coolers to their nutrition programs.

“Our goal is to invest in schools and early care and education organizations so they can buy and serve more Minnesota dairy,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “Dairy is a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Kids at a young age are more likely to become lifelong consumers of milk and other dairy products, which benefits Minnesota’s farmers.”

The MDA anticipates awarding up to $22,500 to assist schools and Early Care and Education organizations in purchasing milk coolers for their meal programs.  Each school or organization may apply for up to $1,500.00.  A maximum of three proposals will be accepted for each organization or school.  Eligible expenses include the cost of the milk cooler and associated installation expenses.

Applications for milk cooler grants must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. CST on November 16, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit our Milk Cooler Grant webpage.