Eat Right Montana-Action for Healthy Kids works with partner organizations around the state to advocate for policies and legislation that support access to healthy nutrition and physical activity opportunities for everyone.
2019 Legislative Session
The 2019 legislative session began on January 7, 2019. There are several draft bills that will affect nutrition and physical activity at all age levels. Below, we highlight the bills that Eat Right Montana supports and opposes and the reason for our decision.
Bills to Watch
HB400 requests state funding to support the Double SNAP Dollars program, which provides match dollars to SNAP customers who spend their benefits at participating farmers markets. This bill is a win for Montana families and farmers!
Help us urge YES votes on HB400.
Status Update: This bill has a hearing in House Appropriations on March 15th.
HB378 requires SNAP participants to participate in a workfare program, unless they are working or exempt. Thousands of parents, workers, people with health issues, and others would be at risk of losing food assistance if they are unable to navigate this system. Additionally, creating a statewide workfare program would be extremely costly for our state, and places unrealistic burden on Montana's non-profits.
Help us urge NO votes on HB378.
Status Update: This bill has passed two committee readings and was tabled in committee on 2/25/19. The next committee hearing has not been scheduled yet.
LC3204 Enables the Office of Public Instruction to establish a pilot Farm to School grant program.
Help us urge Yes votes on this draft bill.
Status Update: This bill is currently still in draft form.
HB648 supports schools in increasing school breakfast access to food insecure students. This bill targets high need schools and encourages them to increase breakfast participation through a financial incentive. For each additional school breakfast served over the previous school year, schools receive five cents to put toward their school food and nutrition service program.
Status Update: This bill has a hearing on March 18th in the House Education Committee.
Help us urge Yes votes on HB 648.
Find your Representative's name and contact info using this map - https://leg.mt.gov/map/
You can call your Representative directly using the phone number provided in the Legislative Roster or call the Capital switchboard and ask to leave a message for your Representative: (406) 444-4800