The USDA Food and Nutrition Service is making funding available in Federal Fiscal Year 2022 for supply chain assistance. This funding is in response to the challenges in purchasing and receiving food that districts are experiencing in School Year 2022-23.  Many districts are experiencing challenges in purchasing and receiving food through their normal distribution channels.

To assist districts with supply chain disruptions, the Food and Nutrition Service will provide Montana districts up to $3,490,480 in relief funding. This funding will enhance efforts to strengthen local food supply chains and help districts to overcome financial and operational barriers while maintaining children’s access to nutritious meals.

The Office of Public Instruction will distribute funds to participating districts to help defray the costs of unanticipated cancellation of food contracts, reduced availability of foods, unexpected substitution of products, and unpredictable increases in food prices. The funds will support direct purchasing of domestically grown, unprocessed or minimally processed food products by districts to address immediate supply chain disruption barriers.

For questions on payments, contact Alie Wolf, 406-459-5394

For questions on program guidelines, contact Chris Emerson, 406-444-2502