HELENA, MT – This week, as Montana families prepare for their Thanksgiving meals, Governor Steve Bullock is touring the state to highlight the efforts of schools, nonprofits, and organizations in combatting childhood hunger and ensuring kids have access to the nutritious meals they need to succeed. The tour includes visits in Lame Deer, Missoula, Browning, Kalispell, Helena, and Livingston.
“Giving Montana children every opportunity to succeed starts with ensuring they never have to worry about where their next meal comes from,” Bullock said. “Childhood hunger is a solvable problem. By working with schools and community partners, we have provided more and more of Montana’s kids with access to the meals that are so important to their future.”
Through his travels, Bullock will visit sites where efforts are being made to feed kids where they live, learn, and play, such as at Afterschool Meal Programs and “Breakfast after the Bell” programs.
Governor and First Lady Bullock have made it a priority to combat childhood hunger in the state. They’re working with schools to improve access to food by promoting participation in the “Breakfast after the Bell” program, which encourages schools to incorporate breakfast as part of the school day.
In Montana, it is estimated that one in five kids struggle with food insecurity. Studies show that children who face food insecurity are more likely to have poor physical health, increased absenteeism from school, and lower academic performance.