Current Advocacy Campaigns
Montana Food Bank Network advocates at both state and federal levels to protect and strengthen the public nutrition programs, and address root causes of hunger.
The 2021 State Legislative Session underway! Throughout the session, we will work to protect SNAP and support access to programs that reduce hunger.
Click the buttons below to learn more about, and take action on, bills we are tracking.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed by President Biden in March! Thank you to those who sent messages to our members of Congress! This $1.9 trillion bill includes financial help for individuals, families, organizations and local and state governments. MFBN is particularly pleased to see the following provisions included:
- Continuation of key food assistance provisions now in place, including a boost to SNAP benefits, new investments in WIC, and continued support for food banks
- Expanded and extended unemployment benefits
- Expansions in the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit
This bill is an incredible investment in people and communities. The expansion of the Child Tax Credit alone is expected to lift 4.1 million additional children above the poverty line, reducing the number of children living in poverty by 40 percent! You can find additional ARPA details on the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities website.
The Administration and Congress are currently working on further opportunities through the American Families Plan, and upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Check back regularly for updates and opportunities to weigh in on these important federal bills.