Service Sites

Host Communities
Spanning over 400 miles between our two furthest service sites, ten local organizations provide the on-the-ground support, resources, and mentorsship so that FoodCorps members can thrive.

21st Century Learning Program, Boulder Elementary School
Boulder, MT

Boulder Elementary School is a K-8 school with 78% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. In this rural town of less than 2000, FoodCorps partners with local leaders and organizations to find creative solutions to a lack of access to healthy, fresh foods available for school meals. Examples include coordinating pick-up points with producers in Helena (30 miles away), working with Sysco (a national food distributor) to provide Montana products whenever available, incorporating school garden produce into the menu, and even experimenting with year-round production in a new greenhouse.

The school gardens and a network of donated backyard gardens also serve as a popular outdoor classroom for students and parents alike in the after-school and summer programs provided by 21st Century Learning. The FoodCorps member here generally divides her time as follows:
            35% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
            25% Engagement (school gardens)
            45% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Camille McGoven,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Rochelle Hesford,

LCCDC’s Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center
Ronan, MT

Situated on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Lake County Community Development Corporation's Food and Agriculture Center has worked for the past decade to reduce poverty by providing economic opportunities for area food producers. A flagship of this effort is Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, a USDA/ FDA inspected processing facility, which provides cost-effective processing equipment and technical assistance for area food entrepreneurs, and processes local fruits and vegetables for six local school districts and the University of Montana.

FoodCorps helps MMFEC’s school-based work by focusing main on Ronan-Pablo School District #30 (61% free and reduced lunch rate), Polson School District #23 (50% free and reduced lunch rate), and St. Ignatius School District #28 (69% free and reduced lunch rate). From working with art teachers to afterschool gardening programs to Montana-day meal events, the FoodCorps member here divides her time generally as follows:
            60% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
            10% Engagement (school gardens)
            30% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Nicki Jimenez,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Jan Tusick

Kalispell District 5’s Farm to School Program
Kalispell, MT

With a district-wide free and reduced lunch rate of 42% and 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).  

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a highlight of the Farm to School efforts here, due in part to the appropriate funding allocated from the federal government. As well, the fact that the snacks happen in classrooms makes it a perfect opportunity to integrate food and education, by accompanying each of the healthy, local foods with “snack facts” that go out to 2200 elementary students each week.

The FoodCorps member here divides her time approximately as follows:
15% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
5% Engagmenet (school gardens)
80% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Jessica Manly,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Jennifer Montague,

Lockwood Boys & Girls Club
Billings, MT

Billings, the largest city in Montana, is home to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County. The Lockwood unit is located on the outskirts of Billings on the campus of Lockwood Schools, which serves K through 8th grade. Though it is not separate from Billings, the community in Lockwood is very close and many students attend the BGC. The FoodCorps service member organizes and leads after school nutrition and culinary activities with members of the Boys and Girls Club. The FoodCorps member also acts as the garden coordinator for an on-site raised bed school garden and is active in classrooms at the Lockwood Elementary School during the day teaching nutrition and garden lessons.

 The FoodCorps member here divides her time approximately as follows:

20% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
10% Engagement (school gardens)
60% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Maggie Harkins,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Annie Hasiak

National Center for Appropriate Technology & Butte Public School District
Butte, MT

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) was created in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. NCAT is headquartered in Butte, a town in southwestern Montana located along the contintental divide.

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.  The district is also partnering with the Boulder School District on a Farm to School project funded by the USDA.

The FoodCorps member here divides her time approximately as:
50% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
25% Engagement (school gardens)
25% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Andi Giddings,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Nancy Moore,

Madison Farm to Fork (F2F)
Ennis, MT

A Southwest Montana community of about 1,000, Ennis is sustained by the ranching industry and summertime tourism. With fewer than 90 frost-free growing days, local produce is rarely available, and most residents drive more than 100 miles round trip for groceries. Madison Farm to Fork works to provide good food, community, and a nurturing environment to encourage success for Madison Count food producers.

To that end, the FoodCorps member here worked with community volunteers, teachers, parents, and administrators to plant a school garden, which now serves as an outdoor classroom for weekly nutrition and garden education lessons for 1st through 4th graders. 

The FoodCorps member divides his time approximately as:
35% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
40% Engagement (school gardens)
25% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Demetrius Fassas,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Janet Bean-Dochnahl,

Hyalite Elementary School
Bozeman, MT

Situated in the Gallatin Valley and in close proximity to six stunning mountain ranges, it’s no surprise that Hyalite Elementary emphasizes outdoor education and a close relationship with nature through a rigorous “no child left inside,” initiative. With 46% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, it also makes sense that the school garden is a hub for both hands-on learning, as well as education about healthy and affordable eating.

The FoodCorps member works with elementary students in almost every grade level to incorporate classroom objectives into garden-based learning opportunities. She divides her time approximately as:
50% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
45% Engagement (school gardens)
 5% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Erin Jackson,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Mike Van Vuren,

The Food Partnership Council, Red Lodge
Red Lodge, MT

A community of 2,500 nestled beneath the Beartooth Mountains, Red Lodge faces a short growing season and a significant distance from a major city. As well, 38% of Red Lodge students qualify for free and reduced lunch. However, with burgeoning Farm to School efforts, cooking classes with after-school programs, and a brand-new Youth Garden, Red Lodge is proving that local food is possible, even at 5500 feet! 

The FoodCorps service member placed with the Food Partnership Council serves the Red Lodge Public School District and partner organizations including the Boys & Girls Club and Beartooth Children's Center. The service member divides her time fairly equally between nutrition education, school gardens, and local food procurement in the cafeteria. The service member will also work closely with a community-wide local food network through the Food Partnership Council.

The FoodCorps member divides her time approximately as:
45% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
25% Engagement (school gardens)
30% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Emily Howe,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Martha Brown,

Missoula County Public Schools
Missoula, MT

Missoula County Public Schools Food Service is one of the largest school food service operations in Montana, serving 6,000 meals daily.  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 (more to come) and educational experiences for thousands of MCPS students each year. 

The FoodCorps member here is stationed side-by-side with the food purchaser for the entire district, and divides his daily duties approximately as:
35% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
 5% Engagement (school gardens)
60% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Peter Kerns,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Ed Christensen,


North Shore Compact: Somers, Bigfork and Cayuse Prairie Schools
Somers, Bigfork, Kalispell, MT

The North Shore Compact is comprised of three school districts and four elementary and middle schools: Somers/Lakeside, Bigfork, and Cayuse Prairie. Spread over about thirty miles, the schools are each part of small, close-knit communities in the gorgeous Flathead Valley. Towns with substantial summer populations, Somers and Bigfork are quiet in the winter, and both schools have gardens on the property (Somers even has a hydroponic greenhouse for winter growing). Cayuse Prairie is a rural K-8 school located East of Kalispell made up of hard working individuals who care about their school and the people in it.

The FoodCorps member here divides her daily duties approximately as:
45% Knowledge (hands-on nutrition education)
35% Engagement (school gardens)
20% Access (Farm to School)

FoodCorps Member: Zoe Tucker,
FoodCorps Site Supervisor: Robin Vogler