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.

Federal Level –

We are gravely concerned over potential cuts to SNAP, either through the FY18 budget process or in the 2018 Farm Bill.

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our nation’s most important anti-hunger program, helping nearly 60,000 Montana households put food on their tables each month. It’s also one of our most powerful and cost-effective tools to strengthen the economy and improve public health. And yet the program is under attack in the FY 2018 budget resolution passed by the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, July 19th. The committee specifically calls for $10 billion in cuts directed at agriculture, with reports suggesting those cuts would come primarily from SNAP, with an additional $150 billion in suggested cuts from dramatic downsizing and restructuring of the program. These cuts would abandon our nation’s decades-long, bipartisan commitment to ensuring that no child in this country goes hungry.”
Read MFBN’s full statement on the House Budget Committee’s FY18 Budget here.

SNAP is a vital resource for the thousands of children, seniors, veterans, workers, individuals with disabilities, and others in our state who rely on SNAP to keep food on the table and make ends meet. SNAP is also a key economic stimulus, bringing nearly $170 million into our state, supporting retailers, growers, and local communities. Cuts or structural changes to SNAP would be devastating for Montana, significantly worsening hunger in our state. Find out more about how SNAP is working in Montana here.

Help us our Congressional leaders to protect and strengthen SNAP in upcoming budget and Farm Bill negotiations.

  • Senator Daines: (202) 224-2651 or email
  • Senator Tester: (202) 224-2644 or email
  • Representative Gianforte: (202) 225-3211 or email

Stay up-to-date by signing up for Action Alerts and our Policy Enewsletter on our Become an Advocate page.

State Level –

Montana’s 2017 State Session wrapped up at the end of April. Here is a quick overview of the issues that we worked on –

The good news:

  • Bill to restrict SNAP eligibility was defeated in committee.
  • Bill to restrict SNAP food choice was defeated in committee.
  • Bill to create a state level Earned Income Tax Credit was signed into law.
  • Bill to remove the sunset date on Hunters Against Hunger was signed into law.

Keep working on:

  • Bill to create a paid family and medical leave program was defeated in committee but we will continue the effort for next session.

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