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USDA Rural Development Celebrates Ribbon Cutting at The BRICK Ministries in Ashland

Tegan Griffith
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ASHLAND, Wisc., June 28, 2024 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wisconsin Rural Development joins local officials and partners in celebration as The BRICK Ministries in Ashland completes Phase 1 of renovations to their warehouse. 

“The BRICK Ministries’ pantry program provides a variety of perishable and non-perishable food items to eligible households in Ashland and Bayfield counties,” said Wisconsin State Director Julie Lassa. “These services are critical to helping under-resourced individuals and families with supplemental food. The USDA Rural Development and the Biden-Harris Administration are pleased to partner with The BRICK Ministries on this renovation project.” 

The BRICK Ministries will use a $375,000 USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan and a $154,500 Emergency Rural Healthcare Grant towards the warehouse renovation project.

Crews have been working to renovate the current warehouse facility for improved food distribution and will include a remodeled lobby area.


The Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial, or business undertakings. 

Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/wi

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