Engaging with Lived Experts
In our work towards a hunger-free Montana, the voices and perspectives of individuals with lived expertise must be part of the discussion. MFBN is striving to build relationships with and learn from individuals who have first-hand experience with food insecurity. These individuals bring an invaluable perspective and critical voice on the issue of hunger in Montana. MFBN works to provide tools and opportunities for Lived Experts to share their experiences with food insecurity and navigating public assistance programs with decision-makers, informing policy efforts, and improving food access in Montana.
In February of 2022, MFBN took on the Amplify Montana initiative, previously housed with No Kid Hungry to expand our work with Lived Experts. We plan to build on the past success of the Amplify Montana Speakers Bureau to provide resources, tools, and opportunities for Lived Experts to impact, shape, and change policies, procedures, and perceptions of poverty, and food insecurity. MFBN has developed a leadership institute by working with Amplify Montana graduates and other Lived Experts – creating a curriculum for Lived Experts, by Lived Experts.
Lived Expert Listening Sessions
MFBN facilitates Lived Expert Listening Sessions in communities across the state, using what we learn to educate the general public, program administrators, and lawmakers on the importance of public nutrition programs, opportunities to strengthen access and remove barriers to programs, and the need for solutions that address root causes of hunger. Through Amplify Montana, we will also facilitate opportunities for Lived Experts to raise their voices in this work to end hunger by connecting directly with lawmakers and other decision-makers.
As we continue to build on our work with Lived Experts, we will update this page. If you would like to be notified as updates occur, sign up to receive our bi-monthly MFBN Policy Digest.