Activities and Accomplishments of the Food Security Council

The FSC and their partners are working hard on the following projects:

Education: the Food Security Council provides education about the current status of hunger in Montana, factors impacting food security, barriers to accessing food, and other current topics to:

  • Council members
  • Community groups and student groups
  • The public at large – through articles and opinion pieces
  • Policy makers

Other Activities:

  • The FSC works to support effective anti-hunger, anti-poverty legislation at the state and federal levels.
  • Outreach and promotion of public food programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formally Food Stamps), Summer Food Service Program, WIC, and School Meals
  • Support for increasing Community Gardens and Procurement of local foods that are affordable to low-income people.

Past Accomplishments:

  • Advocacy in support of SNAP during Farm Bill and budget negotiations
  • Provided recommendations to the USDA for Child Nutrition Reauthorization
  • Support for improved Direct Certification procedures (Direct Certification automatically qualifies children for free school meals when their families participate in SNAP)
  • Partnership with Montana Dietetic Association (MDA) to make recommendations to Dept. of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) and Office of Public Instruction (OPI) regarding WIC administrative funding and school equipment funding
  • Worked at State administrative level to support Gross Monthly Income and asset test changes to SNAP
  • Worked to overturn the lifetime bad on drug felons for receiving SNAP and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits