Food Access

 

SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM

School Breakfast is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat food insecurity among Montana's youth. One of the most under-utilized Federal Nutrition Programs, it offers huge potential for increasing access to healthy food that kids need to grow, play, learn and reach their full potential. It's also a great way for ANY child to start the day.

Learn more about why breakfast matters!

AFTERSCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM

 Afterschool meals and snacks provide children with nutrition when they are at their hungriest - afterschool.  Many kids rely on school meals and do not have a guarantee that a healthy dinner will be waiting for them at home each evening. 

Learn more about how to provide food to kids after school!

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

 The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to children and teens 18 and under in low-income areas with the nutrition they need throughout the summer months when they are out of school. Hunger doesn't end at the end of the school year. 

Learn more about summer meal sites!

APPLY FOR NO KID HUNGRY GRANTS

All of the food access programs above - Breakfast, Afterschool, and Summer - are supported by No Kid Hungry Grants!

Schools and community partners are encouraged to apply for grants to support the implementation of innovative and well-proven food programs that provide kids with the food they need all day and all year round. 

Purpose: Grants are intended to help schools and community organizations increase participation in existing meal programs by implementing alternative strategies, or launch a new program where there currently are none. Grants are not intended to support the costs of food or labor for ongoing meal service. Funds are intended for the purchase of approved equipment, training and outreach materials necessary to roll out, expand, or improve a meal service program. However, schools can apply for funds to recruit temporary staffing to facilitate the transition/launch of a new program. In the past, grants have been used to purchase kiosks for Grab' N' Go Breakfast, host summer meal kickoff events, improve programming and atmosphere to encourage teen participation, and much more!

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, applicants must either be planning to implement an alternative service model (e.g. Breakfast in the Classroom), make major innovative changes to an existing underutilized program, or to start a new program if one doesn't currently exist. Plans must be for full-inclusion programs that are available to all students who wish to attend.

Guidelines: Grant applications will be evaluated on the basis of adherence to eligibility requirements, growth potential, community need, and program sustainability beyond the grant funding period. Further, grant applicants must be able to identify existing barriers to program participation and make a strong case that proposed changes will address these barriers and result in increased participation. 

If you have questions about whether or not your school qualifies or could benefit from this funding opportunity, call Linda Cleatus (School Breakfast Coordinator) at 444-3925, or email lcleatus@mt.gov.

Register: You must register your organization in order to access our grant portal HERE before proceeding to the application.

To apply: The application can be filled out using our grant portal HERE.

Past Grantees: Click HERE to view all of the schools that we have previously awarded.

In some cases we may be able to accept applications on a rolling basis between grant rounds. Please contact Lisa Lee (Director) if you would like to apply between scheduled rounds.

ADDITIONAL FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES

Montana No Kid Hungry supports and partners with a wide array of programs and organizations working to get food to the families who need it most. 

Check out THIS LIST of additional programs in Montana that can help.