Halal Grocery Gets Grant To Provide More Ethnic Foods

Halal Grocery Gets Grant To Provide More Ethnic Foods Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

Aug 28, 2017 at 5:25 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A St. Cloud grocery store is one of eight businesses across the state to get a grant to help provide more cultural and ethnic food.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) awarded Minnesota Halal Meat & Grocery, 205 East St. Germain Street, $15,308.72 through the Good Food Access Program (GFAP).

The store's owner Badal Aden Ali says the store plans to install a dairy cooler, walk-in freezer, produce display case, and shelving.

Ali says the grant funds will help address the needs of many of St. Cloud’s refugees and immigrants.

The MDA says goal of this project is to provide healthier and culturally appropriate foods to the St. Cloud's community and specifically the local Somali population.

The GFAP aims to eliminate some of that financial burden so retailers can sell more of the nutritious foods their communities are seeking.

A total of $150,000 in grant funds has been awarded to projects to purchase equipment and make physical improvements, increasing access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods in underserved and low- and moderate-income communities.

For a list of the other businesses who received grants click here.


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