Thanks to our Supporters and Community Partners
We express our deepest thanks to The Montana Healthcare Foundation for supporting our efforts to build a healthier Montana.
FoodCorps is a non-profit organization that partners with AmeriCorps to place emerging leaders in limited-resource schools for a year of service teaching kids about nutrition, building school gardens, and bringing healthy food into school cafeterias.
The USDA Farm to School Program is operated by the Department’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and supports national farm to school efforts through research, training, technical assistance, and grants.
Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to solutions that promote resource conservation and local economic vitality. AERO nurtures individual and community self reliance through programs that support sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and environmental quality.
The Lake County Community Development Corporation is a multi-dimensional local, regional and statewide food system development resource that has influenced changes in the value chain from farm and ranch production, to food innovation processing, to distribution of local food and finally to the consumers’ plates.
Montana Farmers Union is a statewide grassroots organization working for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through conferences, scholarships and other educational opportunities as well as legislative representation and support for producer-owned co-ops.
Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) envisions a future where houses, farms, and ranches thrive; people are well-fed and food secure; family farms are sustainable, successful, and supported within a community food system; and farmers and ranchers can access the land they need.
Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MTAND) is the advocate of the dietetic profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being.
Northern Plains Resource Council is a grassroots conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life.
Our FoodCorps and VISTA Community Partners
Kalispell School District #5: With a district-wide free and reduced lunch rate of 42% and with 61% of the Flathead Valley population being overweight or obese, the need for FoodCorps programming here is imperative. Guided directly by Kalispell’s central kitchen, FoodCorps here works with 5 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 2 high schools, and 1 county school (Smith Valley).
North Shore Compact: The North Shore Compact is comprised of three school districts and four elementary and middle schools. The schools are each part of small, close-knit communities in the gorgeous Flathead Valley. Somers and Bigfork both schools have gardens on the property.
Ronan School District #30: After successfully partnering with Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center in Ronan for three years, this year we’re shifting our FoodCorps site to the Ronan School District on the Flathead Indian Reservation where the service member will have even more direct impact on students’ connection to healthy, local food.
Polson School District #23: The Polson School District now has their own FoodCorps service member dedicated to continuing with classroom educational programs. Upcoming projects include continuing the pattern line of Common Core structured teaching in regards to math, science, and environmental issues; tending school gardens with teachers, students, and garden club; and increasing local procurement via the Harvest of the Month and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program.
Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) and Garden City Harvest: MCPS Food Service is committed to serving Missoula kids of all income levels healthy, and whenever possible, local meals to fuel their education. Garden City Harvest is a non-profit organization dedicated to building community through agriculture by growing produce with and for people with low incomes. Garden City Harvest has built a farm-to-school program in Missoula with 6 school gardens and educational experiences for students each year.
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)/Butte School District, Butte (Host): The FoodCorps service member’s main projects include expanding two school gardens, helping create a school garden at West Elementary School, working with the school foodservice director to increase local food procurement, and creating nutrition education activities for the 7th and 8th grade Food Clubs as well as classes at two elementary schools.
Hyalite Elementary School, Bozeman: Since partnering with us for several years, Hyalite’s school garden has blossomed, along with a new greenhouse and a healthy cooking initiative to benefit the school’s “Legacy Project.”
Red Lodge Area Food Partnership Council and Red Lodge Schools: The small community of Red Lodge has come together with our FoodCorps member to actively expand the school garden and improve school food.
Boulder Elementary School and 21st Century Community Learning Center: In a school district where over 75% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch, our FoodCorps project has had a lasting impact on students’ willingness to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Browning Public Schools: Located on the Blackfeet Reservation, Browning Public Schools (BPS) is partnering with us to host a VISTA AmeriCorps member to address issues of childhood hunger and food insecurity. At BPS, 89% of students are eligible for free or reduced priced lunches (73% are eligible for free lunches), while almost 50% of elementary students in BPS are either overweight or obese; a symptom closely associated with food insecurity. Our VISTA member will work to develop a community garden and will partner with teachers to offer lessons about healthy eating.
Hardin School District: The FoodCorps service member will be engaged primarily in nutrition education by offering students the opportunity to learn about healthy food they are not presently aware of. Potential projects for the year include a school pantry for the high school, a backpack program for the elementary schools, and reaching out to community farms and ranches to expand local procurement.