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Notice to Vendors

Sealed Bids and Proposals will be received by Montana Cooperative Services (MCS) until:

2:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time, May 19, 2021

Bids: RFP 21-01–Food Product Supplier Services

All responses shall be submitted to: Dave Puyear, Director, Montana Cooperative Services, P.O. Box 1611, Helena MT  59624

All MCS bid documents can be downloaded at  Montana Cooperative Services reserves the right to reject any or all bids in whole or in part; to waive any formalities or irregularities in any bids, and to accept the bids, which in its discretion, within state law, are for the best interest of MCS or our Participating Entities. Bids will be opened and an opening record will be posted to  The Intended Date for Contract Award is June 15, 2021.

MCS RFP#21-01 Food Product Supplier 04-06-21 Final

MCS RFP#21-01 Appendix C – Market Basket 04-06-21

MCS RFP#21-01 Appendix D-4-5-21


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MCS’s Updated Directory of Products and Services

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Key Vendor-Partners During the Current COVID-19 Crisis

MCS is proud to be helping schools across Montana with a wide variety of purchases related to the current COVID-19 crisis. Here’s a quick list of the vendor partners that have proven most helpful to our schools.

These experts are ready to take your calls and help in any way possible:

Food Services – US Foods

A huge thanks to US Foods (formerly FSA) for really stepping up and immediately providing our schools with a wide variety of new products designed to meet our schools’ needs as they provide packaged meals.

US Foods
Contact: Tammie Claassen     406-238-7854

Cleaning and Sanitation Supplies – Encompass Supply and Quill
Both Quill and Encompass Supply have been able to supply our schools with hard-to-find cleaning and sanitation supplies during the pandemic.

Encompass Supply
Contact: Rodney Kneeshaw 406-756-5900

Contact: Sarah Sherman   847-876-4318

Technology and Computers – CDWG and Fisher’s Technology

As schools have moved to delivering instruction and communicating with students and parents in an online format both CDWG  and Fisher’s Technology has provided exceptional service with IT and computer supplies:

Contact: Morgan Brubaker   866-809-9888

Fisher’s Technology
Contact: Amanda Byrne 406-564-1324

At-Home Supplies – School Specialty

With most instruction now taking place off-campus, School Specialty’s At-Home Learning supplies are proving invaluable during this crisis.

School Specialty
Contact: Curt Nix 360-756-5648

Be sure to mention “MCS” when contacting these specialists to receive our pricing discounts and expedited service.


Food Services Program

The MCS Food Services Program is now the largest provider of products and services specifically designed for schools across the great State of Montana!  If your school is still not a member of MCS, we encourage you to give us a call and get a quote on how much your school could be saving through our program.

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!

MCS…28 states bidding nationally together with contracts awarded locally here in Montana!