Food Access: Changes to SNAP, WIC, and Child Nutrition During COVID-19

Apr 07, 2020

In times of crisis and uncertainty, Montanans come together to take care of each other. In the last two weeks, record numbers of people have lost their jobs and are at risk of hunger. In order to address this crisis, Montana, the federal government, and local communities have taken great strides to help ensure no one goes hungry during this pandemic. While there is more work to be done, here is a run-down of the changes to important food programs in the state. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) SNAP is the nation’s “first-responder” in times of crisis. It is one of the fastest ways to not only get food on people’s tables, but to support local economies as well. There have been several changes to SNAP in the past few weeks, which will help make it easier for struggling families to eat. Child Nutrition Programs When schools closed, many children were at risk of losing their school breakfasts and lunches. Montana has helped see that children are still able to get the food that they need. Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program WIC is a vital nutrition program which allows women with young children to purchase certain products, such as milk and produce. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more must be done to help ensure that no one goes hungry. However, these initial steps that our communities have taken to prevent hunger will help protect thousands of Montanans in this difficult time.
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