Legislative Action

The Montana Food Bank Network works at the state and federal levels to support policies that bring sustainable, long-term solutions to hunger including policies to support the public nutrition programs and other anti-poverty programs and measures. Please share your voice by contacting your Legislators, adding your name to sign-on letters, or sharing your story! To learn more, visit our Become an Advocate page.

October 3, 2017

House Budget Vote Scheduled THIS Thursday! Join the National Call-In Days to Urge Members to Vote No

Call Representative Gianforte on Tuesday (10/3) and Wednesday (10/4), Dial (202) 225-3121 for the Capitol Switchboard or (202) 225-3211 for Rep. Gianforte’s D.C. office

The U.S. House is expected to vote Thursday, 10/5/17 on their federal budget resolution. The resolution currently makes drastic cuts to SNAP and other critical programs including income assistance, job training programs, help for students struggling to afford college, and economic development. It also cuts $1.6 billion from the successful Community Eligibility Provision, which allows high-need schools to serve school breakfast and lunch to all children at no cost.

The budget includes more than $10 billion in cuts directed at agriculture, the bulk of which will come from cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), with an additional $150 billion in suggested cuts from dramatic downsizing and restructuring of the program. Food pantries and other local programs do not have the capacity to respond to the increased need for food assistance that these cuts would create, worsening the impacts of hunger in our state.

These harsh cuts to SNAP and other poverty-reduction programs will pull the rug out beneath thousands of Montanans, including children, the elderly, low-wage workers, and people with disabilities. Please help us urge Representative Gianforte to oppose these devastating cuts and vote no on the House budget resolution.
(In addition to concerns with the proposed federal budget, the state budget is also in crisis with potential cuts to all state departments. Watch for an action alert tomorrow morning with more information on the state budget.)

Contact Lorianne at lburhop@mfbn.org or (406) 215-1773 for more information.

Call to Action:
Call or email Rep. Gianforte to share how important SNAP is to Montana families and communities, and urge him to oppose the House budget resolution.

Contact Rep. Gianforte by email or (202) 225-3211.

Sample message:
Dear Rep. Gianforte, I am (name) from (city/town, MT). As your constituent, I ask you to oppose the House budget resolution. The resolution includes drastic cuts to programs that help some of the most vulnerable in our society, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Cuts to SNAP will make it harder for families in my community to make ends meet and keep food on the table.

While I recognize the need for fiscal responsibility, the vision for America outlined in the House budget will worsen hunger and poverty for millions of people, including tens of thousands here in Montana. The long term effects of these cuts will be felt for decades in increased health care costs, lowered educational success, and lost economic productivity. Please reject this vision for America and vote no on the House budget resolution.

(Your full name and address


Contact Lorianne Burhop for more information, lburhop@mfbn.org, (406) 215-1773