Bill would fund fresh produce for schools


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Lawmakers in Helena are working on a bill to help put more local food on lunch trays at school.

House Bill 471 would carve out $300,000 in the general fund to help pay for farm-to-school programs. The bill would help school districts buy Montana-grown produce and processed foods with at least 50 percent Montana-produced ingredients.

NBC Montana went through the bill's language and learned 85 percent of the funds must go to the district for purchasing Montana food and products. Fifteen percent can be used for food and agriculture education to make school gardens.

The bill has made it through both the state House and Senate.

The appropriations committee is currently working on funding.

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