Support Double SNAP dollars

HB400 Supports Montana’s Double SNAP Dollars Program Montana’s Double SNAP Dollars Program is a win for families, farmers, and local economies. Help urge support for HB400! We’ve been sharing a lot of updates this week but there is finally a good SNAP bill on the table: HB400 requests state funding… more

Food Security Council is now accepting nominations

    The Food Security Council serves to identify barriers to food security, gaps in services and the need for program development throughout the state. The mission of the Council is to identify the impact and effect of hunger in Montana; to educate the public and policy makers on the… more

One Year Ago: 19 OPA offices closed in Montana

“Hello, Montana Food Bank Network SNAP Application Hotline. This is Elizabeth.” This is my standard greeting as I answer MFBN’s SNAP hotline. The hotline, which gets anywhere from zero to six calls a day, connects families and individuals with questions about SNAP to me. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance… more

Congress Passes Final Farm Bill that Protects SNAP

Final Farm Bill Protects SNAP, Supports Montana Communities Gayle Carlson, CEO, Montana Food Bank Network: “With overwhelming support, both the House and Senate passed a 2018 Farm Bill that protects and strengthens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program. The bill ensures that SNAP will… more

Final Farm Bill Agreement Protects SNAP!

MFBN Statement on final Farm Bill agreement Gayle Carlson, CEO, Montana Food Bank Network “The Farm Bill agreement announced Monday night is the right step forward for our state and our nation, reflecting our shared belief that no one should go hungry. Most critically, the agreement protects and strengthens the… more

The Network calls for action!

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2018   News Release: 130 Montana organizations and leaders urge Congressional Leaders to Protect Food Assistance in the Farm Bill   More than 130 organizations and leaders from across Montana, including food pantries, healthcare associations, disability advocates, faith leaders, farmers, local food advocates,… more

Lorianne’s trip to DC

While all of you were participating in the national call-in day on September 13th, I was fortunate to be in Washington D.C., along with more than 40 advocates from food banks across the country. I was grateful to have Kathi, the Director of the West Yellowstone Food Bank, with me… more

2017 Poverty Data Now Available

2017 Census Poverty Data Release: Montana Continues to Lower Rates Economic security for most Montanans continued to improve in 2017, according to data released through the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Last year, over 127,000 Montanans (12.5%) and over 32,000 Montana kids (14.7%) lived below the poverty line, which is… more

BackPack Program: Entering it’s 10th year

September is here and it is time to go back to school. The days where the halls are filled with excitement, laughter, and students being given every opportunity to grow and thrive. Ten years ago, we piloted the BackPack Program in a small neighborhood school, that sent food bags home… more

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