​​​​​​School Nutrition & Pupil Transportation

The Pupil Transportation unit of the Office of Public Instruction distributes state transportation aid for public school transportation services. Over 12 million dollars are distributed to districts each fiscal year. Montana schools provide 2,219 school bus routes each year, traveling almost 17 million miles and transporting more than 80,000 K-12 students. Pupil Transportation also ensures that Montana's 1,272 district owned school buses and 1,885 contractor owned school buses are inspected yearly, and that 2,322 bus drivers are certified and trained according to Montana’s School Bus Standards.

The School Nutrition Programs unit is administered through the Office of Public Instruction, Health Enhancement and Safety Division. The School Nutrition Programs services for schools include administration of the eight U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs:

  • National School Lunch Program
  • School Breakfast Program
  • Afterschool Snack Program
  • Special Milk Program
  • USDA Food Distribution Program
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • Montana Team Nutrition Program
  • Summer Food Service Program

School Nutrition Programs reimburses schools for meals served to children; distributes USDA Foods for school meal and summer programs; provides training for school food service personnel, administrators and teachers; ensures that schools are in compliance with federal regulations; and provides nutrition education for students to promote healthful habits.

Frequently-viewed reports include: