Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
With the state’s 64th legislative session in full swing, there have been many proposals introduced recently by state lawmakers to improve our public benefit programs in Montana. But, where there is progress also comes misconceptions, and the attempts by the Legislature to improve the Supplem…
The most remarkable accomplishment in the first half of the 2015 Montana Legislature is the strong bipartisan support of innovative ideas for better mental health.
One year ago this week, Congress passed a belated Farm Bill that reduced food assistance for low-income Americans. The cuts of $8 billion were less than the GOP House leadership wanted, but more than a bipartisan Senate bill had proposed.
HELENA — About 86 schools in Montana will serve free meals to all their students starting this year under a newly-expanded program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
If you like buying fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farmer, you can shop for them this summer in a Billings park. The Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market has moved from the campus of RiverStone Health to South Park.
Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market is seeking vendors for its Thursday night markets, which start June 12.
Hunger prevention. Gov. Steve Bullock saved 2,172 Montana households from cuts in their federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. To address changes in the new farm bill, Bullock ordered the state to increase heating assistance for low-income households. That change will c…
HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock will follow the lead of Connecticut and New York to keep $2 million in food-stamp benefits for Montana residents.
More than half of Yellowstone County Meals on Wheels participants report having just one hot meal per day, the meal volunteers deliver.
It is a relief that the extremely long and painful negotiations over our nation’s agricultural and nutrition safety net programs are finally behind us. But our relief is tempered by anger and frustration that the bill included cuts to SNAP again. It is inexcusable that our nation’s most vuln…
The snow-clogged streets on Billings' South Side kept seniors Marilyn and Karl Johnson housebound for several weeks, and with no supermarket within walking distance, their pantry was pretty bare by Tuesday.
At long last, Montanans have a law that provides certainty on farm policy for the next five years.
The U.S. House of Representatives will attempt to pass a farm bill Wednesday for the third time in seven months.
Yet another ominous deadline looms for action on the long-delayed U.S. farm and nutrition bill.
With Congress considering cuts to programs like nutrition assistance, the effects of those cuts could be felt by local service agencies left to pick up the slack.
Jan. 8 marked the 50th anniversary of legislation launching America’s War on Poverty. The story of that war is often told with a sort of reverse Hollywood ending: oversimplified and wrapped up neatly as a failure. No one can claim that the war on poverty has been won, but the failure narrati…
On New Year’s Day, The Billings Gazette editorial board looks ahead. We have discussed the challenges and opportunities 2014 may bring to our community and state. Here, for the consideration of our valued readers are our thoughts on areas that deserve attention and action over the next 12 mo…
Better make that the 2014 farm bill.
Rents have risen, food stamps have been cut and more needy families have moved into Billings. That adds up to a busy holiday season for local charities.
American agriculture harvested a bumper decade. Farm income value increased from $275 billion in 2003 to $425 billion for the past three years.
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