Montana Women Vote has a longstanding history of advocacy on behalf of SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits. SNAP helps ensure that nearly 60,000 of Montana’s low-income families are able to put food on the table and plays a vital role in ensuring food security for kids, seniors, and disabled adults.
We will continue to advocate alongside of low-income women, families, and their allies to protect the integrity of the Food Stamp program. If you are interested in joining us in this work contact us on our volunteer page!
In 2013, the US House attempted to strip food stamps from the Farm Bill and we worked hard to advocate against cuts to our decision-makers in DC . Food stamps matter to Montana families; 1 in every 8 of us rely on SNAP to put food on the table. Continued cuts to SNAP would mean:
- More than 12,000 Montana families, seniors, and veterans will be left hungry. Nationally, between 4-6 million low-income folks would lose benefits.
- Some Montana kids could be automatically denied free and reduced lunch at school.
- Since the Great Recession hit Montana and the nation, food stamp participation has spiked, as the program responded to meeting people’s basic needs.
You can find out more about the proposed cuts to SNAP and what they mean to Montana on a 2013 commentary by MWV on Montana Public Radio.