Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Program

The USDA provided a program to reimburse schools for the period of March 15, 2020 - June 30, 2020 for a portion of school nutrition earnings lost when COVID closures impacted the 2020 school year. The formula provided by the USDA dictated how much any sponsor would receive. Some sponsors received none as they weren’t eligible. The disbursements have been processed this week and will be in bank accounts in the coming days. The funds are to be spent per the USDA guidelines specified for the Emergency Operational Reimbursement for COVID, and schools should code this revenue the same as the regular SNP program payments which is 4550.

The payment report is posted online here.


Our Vision: Local school nutrition professionals are empowered as community leaders to provide equitable access to healthy food and environments that support the success of Montana's children. 

Our Mission: OPI's School Nutrition Programs collaborate with the child nutrition community to provide high-quality training, support, and resources to ensure program integrity and access to nourishing meals. 

How can we help you? 

Call OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406-444-2501 or search our Login and Staff Directory page.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Spanish-language NDS

The School Nutrition Programs unit administers school-based child nutrition programs throughout Montana on behalf of the Office of Public Instruction's Student Support Services Division.  

School Nutrition Programs Checklist

Administrative Update Packet for Schools

School Nutrition Programs 2020 Annual Report

Three-Year Administrative Review Cycle Waiver