ECE Montana Food Initiative
Harvest of the Month Group Purchasing
Three group and family early care and education facilities in Billings, MT connected through a Montana Food Economy Initiative (MFEI) to increase local MT Harvest of the Month procurement. The goal was to lower the cost of local HOM products through group wholesale purchasing, to help connect more students with MT HOM products, as well as increase networking among the facilities.
The Montana Food Economy Initiative is AERO’s model of community food system development that coordinates cross-sector engagement from stakeholders from across all sectors of the food system (producers, processors, distributors, consumers and waste recovery) in diverse Montana communities. MFEI drives food network planning, including strategies to support local livelihoods and increase access to good food from agroecological systems for all Montanans.