Montana Team Nutrition Stories and Current Projects
Montana Team Nutrition hosted a statewide recipe contest, Harvesting Montana Recipes, to collect recipes featuring local and indigenous Montana ingredients. These ingredients included barley, beets, bison, chokecherries, sweet cherries, lentils, and winter squash. Six winning recipes were selected. Students and school staff are actively engaged in the recipe development and testing through a sub-grant program to support nutrition education, student taste-testing, and meal service. Once the winning recipes have been verified and standardized, these Montana recipes will be featured at the state and national level for other schools to serve and enjoy.
Please note that the success story links on this page lead to accessible pdfs.
Harvesting Montana Recipes Success Stories
The Harvesting Montana Recipes Project wraps up with all 6 test schools completing the Nutrition Education and School Meal Service phase. Read this success story to learn about the impact of this project on students knowledge of local foods and willingness to try new foods.
Somers school nutrition staff prepared a delicious meal featuring Luscious Lentil Hummus for the middle school students in March of 2022.
Gardiner school nutrition staff highlighted some of Montana’s best with their special lunch featuring local Montana bison and lentils on March 8, 2022.
Monforton school nutrition staff highlighted some of Montana’s local charms in a special meal featuring Sweet Cherry and Chocolate Overnight Oats in December of 2021.
The Harvesting Montana Recipes Project continues with recipes being served at Monforton, Gardiner, and Somers School Districts.
Belfry celebrates Veteran's Day with a special holiday meal featuring local Montana recipes.
Learn more about the Taste of Montana Meal that Philipsburg served in December 2021!
Belgrade school nutrition staff served up a local meal featuring the new Montana Harvest of the Month food: bison!
Three Harvesting Montana Recipes were served in school lunch meal events!
All six recipes meet acceptance threshold.
Schools use Tried It, Liked it, and Loved It method on local recipes.
The Montana Cook Fresh Initiative is a comprehensive (one-year) training program to help schools serve high-quality meals through cooking from scratch that appeal to Montana students. This program builds the knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy of all school food service staff from management to front line staff through professional development and technical assistance.
Montana Cook Fresh Success Stories
Learn about the evaluation outcomes from the Montana Cook Fresh Initiative.
Learn more about this new resource for quality school meals, including the Roadmap Pilot Project!
Learn more about how these funds supported schools in purchasing equipment and training for quality school meals.
Learn more about the hybrid culinary and school nutrition management training.
Learn more about our on demand culinary videos focused onusing legumes and wholegrains in school meals.
Montana Farm to School
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. Farm to school implementation differs by location but always includes one or more of the following core elements: Procurement, Education, and School Gardens.
Montana Farm to School Stories
Visit the Montana Farm to School Stories page to to learn about Farm to School projects around the state!