New Safe at Retail cost-share program available
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 new Safe at Retail cost-share program, according to a press release.
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 St. Cloud
• Hennepin County
• Ramsey County
Applications will be accepted through Aug. 31. 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.