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Clearwater Credit Union Donates $ 25,000 to CFAC Double SNAP Dollars | Local News


Jack Lawson, CEO of Clearwater Credit Union, poses at the bank’s Brooks Street branch in January 2020.

Tom bauer

Missoulian Staff

Clearwater Credit Union announced a donation of $ 25,000 to the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) at its 2021 annual meeting of members in June.

Clearwater is Montana’s largest community development financial institution. The event marked the 65th anniversary of the credit union and celebrated its mission to be a force for good in banking, in the lives of its members and in the communities it serves. The donation is intended to tackle persistent food insecurity in vulnerable households and to provide more Montanais with the means to obtain healthy and local products.

CFAC estimates that one in eight Montanais struggles to afford all the food they need. Even with federal food benefits like SNAP, many families are food insecure and often struggle to afford healthy food options like fruits and vegetables. Clearwater’s contribution will support the Double Snap Dollars program administered by CFAC and coordinated in partnership with Farm Hands Nourish the Flathead and NCAT.

“As we emerge from the public health crisis, we know we are doing it unevenly. Many of our neighbors struggle to provide full, healthy meals for their families. We are proud to be able to do our little part to ease this burden. We are proud to partner with CFAC to help our fellow Montanians improve their access to quality, locally grown food, ”said Jack Lawson, President and CEO of Clearwater Credit Union.