The Milking Parlor project was made possible by a large grant from the Asian Indian Community Foundation of Western New York and volunteers and friends from New York.
Before the milking parlor, In Step was buying milk to fill the shortfall from their own cows. The conditions for the milking cows was awful. They were housed in a retrofit of a poorly built chicken coop and up to their utters in mud, making it very unsanitary for milking.
The milking parlor has 15 free stalls and a parallel milking parlor makes it able to prep and milk up to eight cows at a time. There is an equipment room which can hold a chiller, as well as an office and ample store room for holding feeds and supplements. Above is a hay loft for additional storage. In Step now has milk for all of the children daily, as well as yogurt to supplement the diet of the kids who need the extra boost.
Extra milk is sold to the surrounding community and provides an additional source of income for In Step.