Posted: Mar 15, 2013 4:34 PM by Evan Weborg - MTN News
HELENA - More Montana-grown products could be making their way into school lunches in an effort to boost farming and ranching.
House Bill 471, the Farm To School bill, would add Montana-made foods into K-12 lunchrooms. With more than 80,000 kids eating school lunches, the impact would benefit Montana producers.
There is very little opposition to the bill which would be funded by a one time grant of $300,000.
"There is $19 million that the state spends on school food programs and most of that money is purchasing highly processed food out of state, so this could really help the local small farm producers and give them a stable investment for their products," Rep. Greg Hertz (R-Ronan) said.