Missoula County Public Schools District #1 Food Service

CITY: Missoula
COUNTY: Missoula
CONTACT: Edward Christensen
PHONE: 406-728-2400 ext. 5012
EMAIL: ejchristensen@mcps.k12.mt.us
KIND OF INSTITUTION?: K-12 School
DESCRIPTION AND INFO: Here at MCPS we have been integrating local products into our school lunch and breakfast items for many years. Whenever possible we source local items that can be easily integrated into our existing production system and menu. These include Montana flour in our scratch-baked breakfast items; lentils in soups; apples in the fall; kale chips on the salad bars; and processed vegetables through WMGC and MMFEC. \\r\\n
MEALS: More than 2500
LUNCH RATE: 25-50%
FOODS SOURCED LOCALLY: Flour Lentils Apples Kale Zucchini Carrots Beets Potatoes Melons Plums Pasta
PARTICIPANTS: Staff; FoodCorps or AmeriCorps members
WHAT YEAR DID YOUR INSTITUTION START SERVING LOCAL FOOD?: 2008
WHERE DO YOU BUY LOCAL FOOD?: Western Montana Growers Coop; Mountain View Orchards; Bausch Potato Inc.; Wheat Montana through Sysco
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY LOCAL FOOD?: Once a month
HOW OFTEN DO YOU SERVE LOCAL FOOD?: Once a month
HOW DOES YOUR INSTITUTION LOCATE/PURCHASE LOCAL FOODS?: Local cooperative
BROADLINE DISTRIBUTER: Sysco
DOES YOUR INSTITUTION HAVE AN EDUCATION COMPONENT?: We do have a new central kitchen garden; a FoodCorps service member who frequently conducts taste tests and we are now participating in the Montana Harvest of the Month pilot program.
DOES YOUR INSTITUTION PARTICIPATE IN THE HARVEST OF THE MONTH PROGRAM?: yes
FUTURE GOALS?: One of our goals is to increase local purchasing in our salad bars and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program.

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