YEP Spring 2020

Mission statement

The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry (YEP) offers food, hygiene and school supplies to students in a discrete and safe environment. Our goal is to connect students to university services and resources. By doing so, we aim to highlight and address food insecurity within Montana State University Billings.

The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry also works with trusted non-profit community partners to help support food hunger initiatives within the wider Billings community. Food insecurity-based community partners include: Family Service, Salvation Army, Tumbleweed, The Hub, Crisis Community Center and St. Vincent de Paul.

In 2018/19, the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry donated approx. 1600lbs of food items to Billings non-profit community partners

What does the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry offer?

The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry currently provides food, hygiene and school supplies to all students at Montana State University Billings. We also work as advocates to connect students to additional student support services.

No student should ever need to choose between food and studying. Food changes learning

Who can use the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry?

Any student enrolled at Montana State University Billings, can use the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry. Students can use the pantry up to three times per semester. However, if students require additional support, we can make arrangements on a case by case basis.

In 2018/19, the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry received approx. 2100lbs of food, hygiene and school supplies from the Billings community

How to use the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry?

On first arrival, students will be asked to present their student ID and complete a short application form. This information is used to inform students of available college and community-based resources. All collected data is strictly confidential and in line with the Montana State University Billings data protection policy.

Where is the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry located?

We have two locations, each based in easy-to-access locations on University Campus and City College:

University Campus: Center for Engagement, Student Union building, 1500 University Drive

City College: Jacket Student Central, Tech Building, 3803 Central Avenue

When is the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry open?

University Campus
Monday-Thursday: 8am-9pm / Friday: 8am-7pm
Saturday: 11am-7pm / Sunday: 11am-9pm

City College
Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Can I book an appointment in advance?

Sure can! While we encourage walk-in appointments, we also offer online slots. For online bookings, just follow the Calendly link to pick a time that suits you.

*Online booking only available at University Campus location

How can I support the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry?


The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry accepts non-perishable food items throughout the year. Donations can be dropped off at either University Campus or City College sites.

Donation bins available in SUB Stingers, LA Library on University Campus and Tech Commons at City College.

Based on student feedback, we have prepared a wish-list of most wanted food items.

As a general rule, donate shelf-stable, nutrient-dense foods


Why not donate your time to the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry? We have opportunities to work on both sites and also with our trusted non-profit community partners. Previous project partners have included, Student United Way, Halloween Food Drive, Cans Around McMullen and Run! Turkey, Run!


We also accept monetary donations in the form of a check made payable to 'Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry'. These can be sent to: Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry, Center for Engagement, Montana State University Billings, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101. Please include a return address so we can provide a charitable tax reference and thank you note.

The Run Turkey Run! event is currently the single largest benefactor to the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry

Interested in becoming a patron? Please contact Peter Buchanan, Civic Engagement Coordinator on (406) 896-5817 or for more information.


Students fighting food insecurity, often just require the knowledge that services exist. The most effective way to support students is to inform them of the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry. Feel free to print and share these Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry flyers:


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