Help For Families

The following public nutrition programs are here to help families who temporarily need additional nutrition assistance. Take a look at the list of resources below to find out all of the wonderful options available in our state. 

Bridge to Benefits focuses on improving the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. 

The Backpack Meal Program provides hungry children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available.

Montana's Office of Public Instruction ensures that children are being fed nutritious meals in schools, including breakfast, lunch, afterschool, and summer. 

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) assures the nutritional quality of meals and snacks served to eligible children, and makes quality care more affordable for many low-income families. This program provides cash reimbursement for serving meals that meet Federal nutritional guidelines to enrolled children at child care centers and homes. For parents interested in finding child care centers and homes that participate in the Montana CACFP, call (888) 307-9333 or (406) 444-4347.

Montana Food Banks and Pantries provide food directly to individuals and families in their community, either in the form of bags, boxes, groceries, or prepared meals served onsite.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, provides supplemental food and nutrition assistance to low income individuals through the use of EBT cards, which are similar to debit cards, to purchase food in authorized retail stores.

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education and benefits to purchase foods to supplement diets for low income, pregnant, lactating and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five.