Montana schools join movement to take mystery out of meat

A new video explains how Kalispell Public School District's local beef purchases contribute to the economy.

Dec. 17—Do you know where the meat in your child’s school lunch comes from? Does he or she know? With national-scale food distribution systems the norm, it can be difficult to know the place of origin of the beef or chicken served in school cafeterias. In Montana, a movement is underway to take the mystery out of meat by bringing more local livestock into the lunchroom. A new video produced by National Center for Appropriate Technology’s FoodCorps Montana highlights the burgeoning Beef to School movement that serves to connect students with Montana’s rich ranching heritage, support local economies, and unite Montana communities through food.

In the video, Kalispell Public Schools Foodservice Director Jenny Montague explains how her district’s local beef purchases contribute to the economy in the Flathead Valley.

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