SNAP-ED WORKS for Montana 2019

Montana State University Extension
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education





of Montana youth do not participate in enough aerobic activity to meet guidelines


of Montana adults do not meet the vegetable intake recommendations


of Montana adults are overweight or obese


of American Indian adults are overweight or obese


of Montana Children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese

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1 in 9 Montanans face hunger/food insecurity






low-income youth and adults in the locations that they eat, live, learn, work, play, and shop
with communities and statewide partners to leverage resources and increase program reach to eligible audiences
organizations and individuals to create changes in policies, systems, and environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Montanans.






ate fruit more often


ate veggies more often


were more physically active


improved food management practices


improved food safety practices







improved physical activity behaviors


improved food safety practices


made healthier food choices




After learning about the benefits of eating whole grains in a SNAP-Ed class, a third grade student began choosing whole grains for breakfast every morning. The student's mother reported having a challenging time trying to encourage her kids to healthier breakfast foods, but was excited to see her daughter choosing oatmeal every morning as a result of participating in a series of 6 nutrition education classes.

-Nutrition Educator



  • 21,509 Montanans reached with education and/or environmental changes that assist in making the healthy choice the easy choice
  • 4,169 visits to in 2019
  • 17,531 pinterest views
  • 19,260 facebook views
  • 193 Partnerships with organizations where montanans eat, live, learn, work, play, and shop
  • 99 Policy, system, environment, or promotional changes to support health
  • 5,371 Montanans reached with nutrition and physical activity classes
    • 523 adults and 
    • 4,848 children


  • 99 nutrition and physical activity improvements in SNAP-Ed counties or reservations
  • 27 school based Harvest of the Month partnerships that promote healthy Montana foods
  • 11 food bank partnerships that increase capacity for healthy choices
  • 9 farmers' markets with increased access to and promotion of fruits and vegetables

In Northern Montana, SNAP-Ed partnered with educators to teach youth how to grow and prepare healthy produce. 

Youth nutrition classes were paired with a school garden program. Students enjoyed learning how to prepare the soil and plant the seeds. The students then learned to how to properly harvest their tomatoes, zucchinis, dill, basil, and beans, which they used to prepare fresh salsa. 
-Nutrition Educator

SNAP Ed program impacts map

Counties served by SNAP-Ed*: Lincoln, Flathead, Glacier, Toole, Hill, Blain, Phillips, Roosevelt, Big Horn, Ravalli, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Cascade, Mineral, Sanders, Lake.

*all other Montana counties are indirectly served by SNAP-Ed;


In Southwestern Montana, SNAP-Ed helped increase healthy food access and consumption.

SNAP-Ed facilitated a multi-agency partnership that resulted in the acceptance of SNAP dollars at a farmers' market that serves several low-income neighborhoods. One shopper learned about this opportunity while attending a SNAP-Ed nutrition class, and was excited to report that she was better able to access healthy, affordable food as a result. This partnership has also benefited local farmers.
-Nutrition Educator

In Southern Montana, SNAP-Ed collaborated with a food bank to better meet the needs of the community.

Following a Healthy Food Pantry Assessment, SNAP-Ed helped the food bank develop short and long-term goals for improvement, such as adding garden space, volunteer training practices, and nutrition-focused signage in both English and the indigenous language.
-Nutrition Educator


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