Haywood County Schools were awarded $4,000 through The Dairy Alliance's Special Alternative Feeding Grant funding this past spring. With the additional funding, the school nutrition program purchased coolers, thermometers and ice packs they needed to serve mobile meals and milk safely during early school closures and into the summer months. According to Haywood County Schools Nutrition Director Alison Francis, Haywood County has increased milk usage significantly with the funding as more families turn to their school districts for nutritious meals. The schools averaged 3,000 more meals per day from March 17 - May 29th than the average school day, adding weekend meals to the offerings, all served with fluid milk. Their summer meal participation has also had around 3,600 meals served per day, an amazing increase when compared to the only 700 meals per day served in the summer of 2019.