Double SNAP Dollars is a Win-Win for Families, Farmers and the Economy:
- Farms: Nearly 50% of farms in Montana are small farms less than 180 acres. Double SNAP Dollars helps these farms reach more customers. Double SNAP Dollars operates at 26 sites across 13 Montana counties, directly benefiting Montana farmers.
- The Economy: SNAP is an effective economic stimulus, with each dollar generating between $1.50 and $1.80 in economic activity (5). Since 2015, $500,000 has been spent on local foods through Double SNAP Dollars, representing an economic impact of up to $895,000. With the requested investment in state funds, that economic impact could increase by an additional $358,000.
- Families: 6,000 low-income Montanans have benefited from the program since 2015. In a survey of 140 Double SNAP participants, 96% reported consuming a greater amount of fresh fruits and vegetables as a result of the program. Improved access to nutrition means: 1) children are better learners, 2) seniors and people with disabilities have better health outcomes, and 3) reduced healthcare spending in Montana.