Childhood hunger and food insecurity is a huge problem throughout the country—and in Montana.  Food insecurity is the lack of access, either periodic or continuous, to enough food for all members of a household and the limited availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Children who experience food insecurity or hunger are more likely to have impaired cognitive development, lower math and reading scores, and higher rates of absenteeism from school. These things can have long-term ramifications on a child’s life, affecting their health and success even as adults. In Montana, 18.56% of children live in food insecure households, which means 18.56% of Montana’s kids are starting out life without all the things they need to help them grow and succeed.

That’s more than 1 out of every 6 kids in Montana


1 out of 6 kids in Montana will experience hunger during their childhood


In some parts of Montana, it's more than 1 in 4


Childhood Food Insecurity in Montana by County

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Chances are, either you or someone you know has struggled with food insecurity or hunger.


 Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock are working together on the Fight Childhood Hunger initiative. They want to ensure that no child in Montana has to go to bed hungry or wonders where their next meal is coming from.


Join the effort to end childhood hunger and food insecurity in Montana


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