1 in 8 Montanans struggle to afford all the food they need. Many of these families receive federal food benefits – call SNAP – to help ensure they can eat adequate amounts of food. Even with this boost, purchasing fruits and vegetables can be difficult. Research shows that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables has lasting positive impacts on health and that nutrition incentives help increase consumption of these important staples.
Less than 1% of SNAP benefits are spent at farmers markets. Of the 76 farmers markets in Montana, 24 accept SNAP benefits, and that number is growing. These markets are an important sales outlet for many small farms in Montana.
By harnessing SNAP benefit dollars and nutrition incentives for Montana-grown produce, Double SNAP Dollars support Montana families, farmers, and local economies.
Double SNAP Dollars helps low-income Montanans afford more fresh, local foods by providing a one-to-one match for every dollar of SNAP benefits spent at participating locations. The goal of the program is to provide a dignified approach for people with limited means to access the quality of food they desire, while supporting local farmers and the Montana economy.
Visit CFAC’s Double SNAP Dollars website to learn more: DoubleDollarsMT.com