About the Montana Beef to School Project

Example of a school cafeteria meal involving beef

The Montana Beef to School Project explores how to make beef to school programs successful and encourages the use of local beef in every Montana school.

What is the Montana Beef to School Project? The Montana Beef to School Project is a three-year collaborative project between several Montana beef producers and processors, schools and many stakeholders represented in the Montana Beef to School Coalition.

Moooooving Forward Together: Strategies for Montana Beef to School

Montana beef to school logo

Read the case study report below for tips and stories about how to bring local beef into schools. 

  • Discover the creative ways schools are working with producers and processors in Montana to procure local Montana beef. 
  • Bring tested beef to school strategies to your own community through lessons learned from case studies across six beef to school partnerships in Montana. 

The report was authored by Carmen Byker Shanks and Janet Gamble of the Montana State University (MSU) Food and Health Lab, Tommy Bass and Joel Schumacher of MSU Extension, Aubree Roth of Montana Team Nutrition Program (MT Farm to School), Demetrius Fassas, and Mallory Stefan of the National Center for Appropriate Technology. An additional thank you to many report contributors listed on page two of the case study report.

Read the Case Study ReportMoooooving Forward Together: Strategies for Montana Beef to School.

Do you have questions about how to start a beef to school program? 

Email the Montana Beef to School Project at [email protected]

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Beef to School Resources

Getting Started

Get Started with Beef to School Flowchart

Frequently Asked Questions about Beef to School

Beef to School Pitch Kit

Beef to School Promotion Kit 

Montana Beef to School Pricing Guide

Beef to School Protein Guide for National School Lunch Program

Beef to School Video

Beef to School Video Transcript

Getting Started with Beef to School MontGuide (Extension Bulletin)

Sign up for Harvest of the Month, which includes a Beef Month in March


Procurement Templates

The following resources will help you in purchasing local beef.

Beef to School Procurement Decision Tree

Beef to School Informal Procurement (RFQ) Template

Beef to School Formal Procurement (RFP) Template

Presentations & Trainings

Webinar hosted by USDA Office of Community Food Systems and MSU February 2018

Strategies for Funding Beef to School - Webinar hosted by USDA Office of Community Food Systems - October 2018

Beef to School Strategies - Webinar Hosted by Office of Public Instruction and MSU - November 2018

Proteins for a Healthy Planet - Session at National Farm to Cafeteria Conference - April 2018

Examining, Optimizing, and Building Capacity for Montana’s Local Beef to School Supply Chain - Poster Presentation at SARE Conference - March 2018

Montana Beef to School Supply Chains - Session at MSU Extension Annual Conference - October 2017

Webinar hosted by Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network March 2017

Beef to School Basics - Session at California Farm to School Conference - March 2017

Session at 2016 Montana Farm to School Summit

Session at 2016 Food Studies Conference

Poster Presentation at 2016 Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Beef to School Stories

These blog posts were published by NCAT Farm to Cafeteria Network.

Wrapping Up Montana Beef to School! - November 1, 2018

Beefing Up Your Resources - July 17, 2018

The Automatic Choice: A B2S Story from Big TimberOct 13, 2017

Solving the Beef to School Equation: Beef to School Coalition Meeting Reflections - May 25, 2017

Celebrating the March Harvest of the Month with Yellowstone Grassfed Beef: A Producer Profile - February 24, 2017

Beef to School Case Studies and More! - November 1, 2016

Beef to School Coalition Gathers: “Montana Beef in Every Montana School” - May 3, 2016

Winter Report from Lazy SR and Muddy Creek Ranches - January 26, 2016

Beef to School Fall Updates - October 15, 2015

It’s All About the BEEF TO SCHOOL! - July 7, 2015


This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number SW 15-028 through the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number 140867026. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.