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New Safe at Retail Cost-Share Program Available
Minnesota Ag Connection - 08/13/2020

Groceries, convenience stores, bakeries, meat markets, and other retail food handlers seeking help to ensure a safe operation can now apply for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's (MDA) new Safe at Retail Cost-Share Program.

Eligible businesses may be reimbursed for the purchase of equipment and supplies that will help them comply with best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with more than one location may be reimbursed up to $500 per license location with a maximum total reimbursement of $2,000 per parent business.

Businesses in Minnesota who hold a current, active Retail Food Handler License with one of the following agencies are eligible to apply:

- Minnesota Department of Agriculture

- City of Bloomington

- City of Brooklyn Park

- City of Minneapolis

- City of Minnetonka

- City of Saint Cloud

- Hennepin County

- Ramsey County

Applications will be accepted beginning August 12 through August 31, 2020. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Information required in the application includes:

- Completed and signed application form

- Copies of receipts, invoices, or proof of purchase for eligible equipment and supplies

- IRS Form W-9, signed and dated

- Business name, license number, licensing agency, and contact information

For more information, visit the MDA's Safe at Retail Cost-Share webpage.

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