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A table from the Montana Kids Count databook for 2018, showing social and economic characteristics in the state.
Montana Kids County

The number of children living in poverty in Montana has gone down since 2010. So has the number of children without health insurance. That's according to the latest update to the 2018 KIDS COUNT report.

Brie Oliver tells a gathering at the state Capitol about how Healthy Montana Kids helped her family, April 4, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio


People involved with children’s health gathered at the Montana Capitol on Thursday to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the successful ballot initiative that created Healthy Montana Kids.

In 2015, Stephanie wrote an impassioned viral essay in Vox, which detailed her life as a domestic worker, a field largely dominated by women working as housecleaners, nannies, and in elder care, jobs that often deny basic labor rights like minimum wage, overtime, sick and vacation pay. Emotionally raw yet heartwarming, MAID gives voice to the working poor, and is fueled by Stephanie’s courage to expose the reality of pursuing the American dream from below the poverty line.

2017 Median Household Income in the United States
U.S. Census Bureau

Montana saw the biggest growth in median household income of any state in 2017, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released last week.

A team of volunteers rallied to get thousands of pounds of potatoes and bread to Heart Butte after a severe storm stranded the community on New Year's Day.
Courtesy Kathryn Hayes

Hunger is a chronic problem for many families on the Blackfeet Reservation. Grocery stores are few and far between, and the poverty rate is around 40 percent.

Like in any rural area, fresh food especially is expensive. It takes a lot of hours in the car or on the phone to access public assistance programs. But when a severe winter storm blew in around New Year's Eve, the chronic hunger issue became an acute crisis.

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