Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School has been given an Agricultural Growth Research and Innovation (AGRI) grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to increase the use of Minnesota dairy in its nutrition program.
The AGRI Milk Cooler grant assists schools and early care and education organizations in purchasing milk coolers and related dairy equipment. Each school or organization may apply for up to $1,500 per milk cooler. Eligible expenses include the cost of the milk cooler and associated installation expenses.
WHA School received one of 39 grants awarded across the state.
“We can now replace the elementary milk cooler, as the old one was on its last leg. Now our students will have access to more milk, more often,” said Michael Anderson, director of Indian Education at WHA School.
“This grant allows for investments in schools and early care education organizations, provides nutritious dairy products to children and expands markets for the state’s dairy farmers,” said MDA’s Assistant Commissioner Whitney Place.
The MDA is currently accepting applications for the second round of milk cooler grants. For more information, visits the MDA’s Milk Cooler Grant website at https://www.mda.state.mn.us/business-dev-loans-grants/agri-milk-cooler-grant