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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 Leadership Institute 

Montana Team Nutrition offers a weeklong professional development workshop for directors, managers, and head cooks to enhance school food service management and culinary skills. Sharpen your knowledge and skills on a variety of management topics from procurement through service. Topics include food production and culinary skills, scratch cooking utilizing USDA foods and local foods, merchandizing, behavioral cues, farm to school, school wellness policy, and many more.Visit the MCFI Registration link belowfor a detailed agendaand more information about our upcoming institute.


Access the Montana Cook Fresh Initiative curriculum here.


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Participant Feedback

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"It was a great learning experience and helped me to better plan for the next year."

 "[The Institute] was more acessible for me and my family,  [I] could step away if needed for a few seconds." 

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Success Stories

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The Montana Cook Fresh Initiative Leads to Increases in Scratch Cooking

Learn about the evaluation outcomes from the Montana Cook Fresh Initiative.

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The Roadmap to Building Quality School Meals 

Learn more about this new resource for quality school meals, including the Roadmap Pilot Project! 

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Mini Grants Awarded to Nine Montana Schools

Learn more about how these funds supported schools in purchasing equipment and training for quality school meals. 

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2021 Montana Cook Fresh Leadership Institute 

Learn more about the hybrid culinary and school nutrition management training.

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Cooking Up Comfort With Whole Grains 

Learn more about our virtual whole-grain baking workshop.

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On Demand School Nutrition Culinary Training 

Learn more about our on demand culinary videos focused onusing legumes and wholegrains in school meals.


Download the Cooking Fresh During COVID-19 Success Story.


For details, contact Molly Stenberg


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