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Farm to College

Sustainability Program/Farm to College

The University of Montana Western has joined a growing movement of over 200 colleges and universities nation-wide in serving locally and regionally produced foods on campus. Montana Western’s Farm to College program works to build bridges between our state’s agricultural and educational interests by focusing university spending on Montana’s food producers. 


What are the benefits of eating local foods at UMW?

• Preserves the agricultural open spaces that we love. 
• Keeps the money we spend in the place we live.
• Builds partnerships to strengthen our community. 
• Keeps the foods we eat fresh and delicious. 

Why are local foods important at UMW?
Montana's agricultural landscapes are key to the preservation of wildlife, open spaces, and rural ways of life. Residential development is a primary threat to the landscapes of Montana, which loses around 250 ranches annually.

Opening local markets for our agricultural producers is one significant way we can increase farmer’s and rancher’s profits, and help keep them on the land. Montana’s schools and universities, are helping by directing their purchasing power locally, and increasing general awareness of this trend.  

Currently, Dining Services spends approximately sixteen percent of it’s annual food budget on Farm to College items.  Some of the local products served include beef, potatoes, pasta, breads, bacon, milk, cream of wheat, oil and honey.  

The University of Montana Western is a proud partner in the statewide Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign.

Bark N Bite

Bark N Bite


The Bark 'n Bite is located in the Student Union Building, and accepts Bulldog Bucks, Flex dollars, cash, check, or credit card.

Now Offering:
Fresh Salads daily 
Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Sandwiches
Breakfast Plates
Fried Foods
Grilled Burgers
Bottled Drinks
Grill Foods
...and much more!

Questions?  Call Jo Brodigan, Manager at (406) 683-7999

Dining Home

Dining Services

Welcome to Dining Services at The University of Montana - Western!

  • Our goal is to provide you the best meals and bestenvironment possible at a reasonable price.
  • We can also accommodate special requests and dietary requirements.
  • We'd even be happy to make your favorite dish (you provide the recipe)! 
  •  We offer hot entrees, soup & salad bar, deli bar, home-baked rolls, cold cuts, fresh bakery items, and a burger bar with fries. 

Costs For 7-Day Meal Plan 2016-2017:
This allows students all day access and $130 to use in the Bark n Bite.

2016-2017 Dining Hours: 

Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Unlimited Entry)
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Hot Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:45 AM Continental Breakfast
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Deli & Soup Bar
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM Hot Lunch & Burger Bar
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Hot Dinner

Saturday - Sunday, Holidays, & Block Breaks
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Continental Breakfast
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Burger Bar
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Hot Dinner

Bark N Bite Hours: 
7:30-4:00 Convenience store
7:30- 1:00 Breakfast burrito bar
7:30-2:00 Wrap bar
7:30-3:00 Grill

Students living in the Residence Halls are required to purchase a meal plan.  Meal plan refunds are available only upon leaving campus. A daily prorated refund schedule is available upon request from Business Services or Dining Services. 

You have $130 per semester on your meal card that can be used at the Bark 'n' Bite Convenience Store located in the Student Union. This money may also be used to 'host' guests in the Dining Hall. Please use your money wisely and be prepared for the weekends. Continental breakfast, burger bar and dinner are served in the Dining hall on weekends, holidays and block breaks

Besides the basic meal plan, non-resident students have the option of putting Bulldog Bucks onto their ID card which can be used for payment in the Dining Hall & Bark N Bite. A discount is given when Bulldog Bucks are used for purchasing a meal in the Dining Hall. 
Non-Resident Individual Meal Costs: 
Breakfast (7:00 AM - 10:45 AM) 
Bulldog Bucks $6.50
Cash $7.00
Lunch (11:15 AM - 12:30 PM) 
Bulldog Bucks $6.50
Cash $8.00
Dinner (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM) 
Bulldog Bucks $7.50
Cash $9.00

Residents pay less than $20/day through the semester for unlimited access to the Dining Hall.
For questions, comments, or to change your meal plan, please contact Louise Bruce at (406) 683-7351 or email her at