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 2021-22.  Many districts are experiencing challenges in purchasing and receiving food through their normal distribution channels. As a result, school meals are being impacted resulting unavailability of popular food items and price fluctuations.

To assist districts with supply chain disruptions, the Food and Nutrition Service will provide Montana districts up to $5,159,810 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. More information will be provided soon.

Please contact Christine Emerson at 406-444-2502 or with questions.



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Helpful Resources

Milk Supply Chain Problems

If schools are experiencing issues purchasing and/or receiving milk, consider the following: 

- Switching to a shelf stable or ultrapasteurized product (available from most vendors) 

- If supply chain issues still prevent the procurement of milk, or substitutions are cost prohibitive, districts can apply for certain flexibilities related to the milk component here