The 2011 Legislature approved House Joint Resolution 8, for a study of childhood hunger. The resolution called for a study of the degree to which Montana children lack access to nutritious food and ways to alleviate childhood hunger and improve access to healthy foods for children throughout the state.
Legislators ranked the study sixth out of 16 study resolutions in a post-session poll, and the Legislative Council in May 2011 assigned the study to the Children and Families Committee.
As outlined in the adopted study plan, the committee gathered information from September 2011 through January 2012 on existing food-assistance programs, farm-to-school efforts, barriers to wider use of various programs, and specific stakeholder suggestions for alleviating childhood hunger.
As a result of the study, the committee agreed to:
introduce two bills in the 2013 Legislature, to encourage wider use of the School Breakfast Program and to provide grants to out-of-school programs that alleviate hunger;