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Cooperative Services

Valued MCS Partners

MREA, MTSBA and Montana Cooperative Services extend an invitation to join the growing number of schools and counties participating in our cooperative bids program.



Montana Cooperative Services, LLC is seeking a contractor to provide Food Product Supplier services for approximately 163 participating Montana schools.  A more complete description of the supplies and services to be provided is found in the four RFP attachments below.


Deadline for Receipt of Written Questions:  May 6, 2016

RFP Response Due Date:  2:00 p.m., Helena, Montana Local Time, May 27, 2016


If you need more information on this solicitation, please contact:

Procurement Officer: Thomas M. Gustin

E-mail Address: tgustinmcs@gmail.com


MCS RFP#16-01 Food Product Supplier 4-27-2016.pdf

RFP#16-01 Appendix D - Directory of Schools 4-27-16.pdf

MCS-Affidavit for Trade Secret Confidentiality 4-27-16.pdf

MCS RFP#16-01 Appendix C-Market Basket 4-27-16.pdf


Benefits of the MCS Purchasing Program:

Volume Counts! The combined purchasing power of MCS working with 25 other states and serving over 27 million students creates substantial discounts on products and services.

Convenient Ordering! Purchase directly from the companies and order only what you need when you need it.

Favorite Brands—Excellent Quality! You’ll find your favorite brands all at lower prices. Quality is guaranteed, as every product in the program meets strict content and pricing criteria.

Satisfies Bid Requirements!

Mission Statement

To save members time and resources by exploring and solving present and future purchasing needs, creating partnerships, and obtaining the very best pricing available through a national competitive bid process- such that excellent quality and service are provided to all of our members in a measurable and cost-efficient manner.

About the MCS Program:

MCS (Montana Cooperative Services) bids for products and services for member schools under Montana state statute section 20-9-204. These bids then become available exclusively to our members. Companies enjoy the volume associated with being with MCS and schools enjoy the lower price that volume purchasing can bring and also the convenience of not having to go out to bid themselves. MCS is a member of the AEPA, Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies. This Association is comprised of 26 states that cooperatively bid for products to obtain volume discounts which are then passed on to all members. Schools and other non-profit entities in Montana are eligible for membership in MCS. Purchasing and pricing is done by contacting the appropriate company and letting them know you are a member of MCS. The “Catalog and Order Info." page detail how to order from each company. The cost of joining is $1.00/student with a maximum of $1200/school. MCS has been serving schools since 2001.

MCS...Over 25 states bidding nationally together
with contracts awarded locally here in Montana!

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