Montana children will have access to a supplemental nutrition program that will help address food insecurity caused by the sudden closure of schools in March.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 31st edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book on June 22, the first edition since Montana Budget & Policy Center began leading the KIDS COUNT effort in Montana. The KIDS COUNT Data Book summarizes 16 key indicators of child well-being for all 50 states across four areas: economic […]
Food insecurity is skyrocketing in Montana, caused by a of high rates of unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and made worse by rising food prices.
The cost of preparing food at home in May 2020 was nearly 5 percent higher than in May 2019, burdening households who had been living on limited incomes and those suddenly facing unemployment. With meat-processing plants shutting down across the country, the price of meat has especially risen sharply in the United States.
Today the Montana Budget & Policy Center announced its new project – Big Sky Brighter Future – a bold agenda providing policymakers with a clear course to prioritize Montana’s families and children as we rebuild our state.
Montana is a place we love to call home. Natural beauty and commitment to community make Montana an extraordinary place to live for many.
Below is a statement by Montana Budget & Policy Center Co-Directors Heather O’Loughlin and Tara Jensen. We are outraged by killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee and the countless others who have faced violence as a result of systemic racism. During this time of trauma and tragedy in our country, we are heartened […]
Tribal nations are showcasing leadership during COVID-19 by prioritizing the safety and health of vulnerable populations, tribal citizens, and non-citizens. To fight the spread of COVID-19, many tribal nations have exercised their sovereign right to regulate the movement of peoples on their lands. This includes opening travel check points and shelter-in-place orders.
Despite Montana’s decisions to enter phase two of reopening, some tribal nations have extended stay-at-home orders and continued to implement travel checkpoints to protect their citizens and non-citizen travelers.
Montana can help thousands of low-income students get enough to eat during school closures, but it must act swiftly.
A new program established through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Coronavirus Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), allows states to provide assistance to families with children who would otherwise be receiving free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches if schools were in session.
The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the inequities built into the very systems that are meant to serve families facing financial insecurity.
The Honorable Steve Bullock, Governor and the Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force Office of the Governor PO Box 200801 Helena, MT 59602 Dear Governor Bullock and the Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force: This pandemic and resulting economic crisis have merely laid bare the longstanding inequities built into our social, economic, and political systems. Our response […]
In Montana and across the world, the coronavirus pandemic is keeping many of us safely in our homes. Frontline workers are making this protection possible, providing deliveries, healthcare, childcare, social services, and stocking stores with food and necessities.