Food Security Council

Updated July 2023

The Montana Food Security Council (FSC) works to improve access to nutrient-dense food for all Montanans through long-term, policy advocacy solutions. The council serves to identify barriers to food security, gaps in services, and the need for program development throughout the state. The council has representation from statewide advocacy groups, state offices (such as SNAP and Child Nutrition programs), Montana’s congressional delegation, and members of MFBN board and staff. Find the full list of members below.

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
– Mother Teresa

MFBN’s Public Policy Department works to carry out much of the work identified by the Food Security Council.

Food Security Council Actions and Priorities

Build Collaboration between Programs:
The Council strengthens communication and collaboration between public and private groups working to increase food security in the state.

Impact Policy at the State and Federal Levels:
The Council responds to current policy proposals and advocacy opportunities at the state and federal levels.

Support Communication with Congressional Offices:
Representatives from Montana’s Congressional offices share information on current legislation. In turn, other Council members provide updates on the public food programs and the status of hunger in the state.

Honor Montanans through the Food Security Council Awards:
The Council recognizes people in Montana that have performed extraordinary efforts to reduce hunger and increase access to healthy foods for people in need.

Focus on Current and Critical Issues:
Current priorities include addressing senior hunger in Montana and supporting healthy environments at Montana’s food pantries.

For more information about the Food Security Council contact Lorianne Burhop, Chief Policy Officer.

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