30 programs get funds for milk coolers

March 22, 2019

ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $50,000 to 30 Minnesota schools and early education programs to boost the amount of dairy offered to students.

The organizations will be using the grants to add milk coolers to their nutrition programs.

The grant recipients are part of the first round of Milk Cooler Grants to be awarded under the Agricultural Growth Research and Innovation Program (AGRI). A second round of funding totaling $50,000 is available now and organizations that are interested in the grant program can apply through April 4, 2019.

“The Milk Cooler Grant Program benefits not only the children who are getting a good source of protein and vitamins, but the increased consumption of milk benefits Minnesota’s dairy farmers,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen.

Among the organizations receiving funding are Fillmore Central School District, Lanesboro Kids Corner, Lanesboro ECE, Lanesboro Elementary School, Caledonia middle and high schools, Dover-Eyota schools, Plainview-Elgin-Millville elementary and junior high schools, Hope Lutheran High School in Winona and the St. Charles school district.

A second round of funding totaling $50,000 is available. Applications are being taken through April 4.