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School Nutrition Department

School Nutrition Department

School Nutrition Staff
Hardin’s School Nutrition Department is second to none! Behind the scenes forty highly trained staff members are committed to making the ultimate food experience possible for our students.  
Contact Us:

School Nutrition Staff is readily available to answer questions you may have or to field new ideas and programs.

Please contact us at:

Director of School Nutrition Patrice O'Loughlin Phone: 406.665.9300  

Hardin High School Central Kitchen Nutrition Staff Phone: 406.665.9300

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School Nutrition Pricing & Policies


Each student is allowed one breakfast and one lunch per day; additional meals and extra milk will be charged to the student’s account as follows:


                                                                        Breakfast       Lunch              Milk                             

Elementary Students Grades K-5                   $2.50               $3.00               .40

Upper School Students Grades 6-12              $2.50               $3.00               .40

Adult Meals                                                    $2.75               $4.00               .40


Peanut/Nut Allergies:

Hardin Public Schools strives to accommodate students with peanut and nut allergies. Please consider the health and safety of these and all students when bringing food to school for parties and celebrations. Your cooperation is very much appreciated!

Ala Carte’:

Ala Carte’ purchases that do not qualify as a reimbursable meal must be paid for with cash—Charging is not allowed.

Where to Pay:

Deposits to meal accounts may be made at any school at any time—See your school secretary for details.

Student Behavior:

Our expectation is that students will behave appropriately and be respectful at all times. Students who do not adhere to this policy will be referred to the School Administrator.

Monthly Menu:

The school lunch menu is based on product availability it is subject to change without notice.

There is ALWAYS something NEW

Hardin School District 17H & 1 proudly serves FREE breakfast to EVERY student EVERY day! That’s nearly 30,000 meals a MONTH to jumpstart our students with math, reading and test scores. This program helps students pay better attention in class, perform problem-solving tasks and improves memory. Breakfast in the Classroom helps reduce tardiness and absences and helps students behave better.


Our cafeterias are loaded with delicious, nutritious foods that comply with the USDA Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. All schools have outstanding salad bars in addition to daily menu selections. We strive for excellence in meals choices and offer Grab ‘n’ Go meals, Sandwich of the Day, Splendid Salads, and approved Ala Carte snacks to older students. We have transformed school food to promote better nutrition and reduce obesity in our School District—There is no doubt our food is your BEST CHOICE!!

It's not just FABULOUS - It's FREE

All meals, both breakfast and lunch, are FREE to ALL students! The efforts of School Nutrition Staff, School Administrators, School Board Members and Community Stakeholders and the USDA Community Eligibility Provision make our free meal program possible.

Food Backpacks & Pantries
Hardin Public Schools provides weekend food backpacks for grades K-5 and food pantries for grades 6-12. School Nutrition is readily available to assist students in need. Please contact school nutrition, your school administrator or counselor for more details.    
Contact Information
By Mail:  401 Park Rd Hardin, MT 59034
By Phone:  (406) 665-9300
By Email:
Our Mission
In partnership with parents and community we will provide equal opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge
and skills that foster responsible choices. The school community will nurture, challenge, and guide students towards
achieving their maximum potential.
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