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School Nutrition

The School Nutrition Programs unit administers school-based child nutrition programs throughout Montana on behalf of the Office of Public Instruction's Health Enhancement and Safety Division.

 Click here for the School Year 2015-16 Administrative Review Schedule Updated on 01/7/2016

School Year 2015-16 Program Requirements
Forms and Guidelines

professional standards

community eligibility nutrition standards
current events
food service
direct certification school wellness
farm to school
smart snacks

Nondiscrimination Statement

Mission Statement: To ensure schools provide nutritious meals and promote healthy lifestyles through collaborative education and training, and administration of the USDA School Nutrition Programs.

Cooperative Purchasing Program

Cooperative Purchase Program

The Cooperative Purchase Program provides quality food and kitchen supply items to schools across Montana at a substantial cost savings through high volume bid purchasing. Two bids are conducted during each school year, with up to four deliveries in each bid. Each school in the state, regardless of their order size or location, receives the same price on products offered. There are no restrictions on the quantity or type of food the school can order.


Winter 2016 OPI Cooperative Purchase Bid

The online order form for the Winter 2016 Cooperative Purchase Bid is now open as of November 25, 2015, for schools to place orders. We have altered our specifications on many items to meet regulation standards for sodium, calories and fat.  Many items can be used for the meal programs as well as Smart Snacks and ala carte options.  Please peruse the list to find many new products as well. The order form will remain open through Thursday, December 17, 2015, when it will close at the end of the business day. Please honor the deadline as it is important to the awarded vendor to secure product. The signature page for each order placed must accompany the order to the OPI office as a confirmation for processing the submitted order.

The bid has provided excellent pricing on the listed items and we encourage schools to compare with the other sources of procurement available to them to make an informed decision on how to best use their budgeted monies. The delivery schedule begins the week of January 25, 2016, and orders will be delivered in four drops approximately four weeks apart. The deliveries will conclude by May 6, 2016. Invoices should be paid to the awarded vendor within 45 days of receipt of product. The bid pricing includes delivery. An administrative fee is charged by OPI to each participant at the end of the delivery period.

Questions and concerns about this bid can be directed to Cindy Giese, Cooperative Purchasing Coordinator, by phone at 406.366.9829 or by email at