Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry (YEP)
The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry (YEP) offers food, hygiene and school supplies to students and staff members in a discrete and safe environment. Our goal is to connect students and staff with 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
The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry currently provides food, hygiene and school supplies to all students and staff members 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"
Any student* currently enrolled, or staff member employed, at Montana State University Billings can use the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry. Patrons can use the pantry up to three times per semester. However, if patrons require additional support, we can make arrangements on a case by case basis.
*Also includes students on placement from MUS-network campuses
In 2018/19, the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry received approx. 2100lbs of food, hygiene and school supplies from the Billings community
On first arrival, patrons will be asked to present their student or staff 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.
We have two locations, each based in easy-to-access locations on University Campus and City College:
Center for Engagement, Room 219, Student Union building, 1500 University Drive
Jacket Student Central, Tech Building, 3803 Central Avenue
Monday-Thursday: 8am-9pm / Friday: 8am-7pm
Saturday: 11am-7pm / Sunday: 11am-9pm
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
Yes, there a number of community-based resources that provide food and financial relief based on assessed need.
This list of available financial resources is provided to assist students. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by MSU Billings.
HRDC COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY
HRDC serves vulnerable populations in the community. The mission of the HRDC is to restore HOPE, by extending RESPECT, encouraging individuals to DREAM of a better future, and ultimately CHANGE the economic landscape of our communities.
For more information visit the HRDC About page.
MONTANA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Unemployment Insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides cash benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
For more information and to apply visit the Unemployment Insurance page.
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal nutrition assistance program. SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. This card can be used as a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
For more information and to apply visit the SNAP webpage.
TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
TANF cash assistance is a program providing temporary financial assistance to needy families.
For more information visit the TANF webpage.
211 can be accessed by phone or computer. A toll-free call to 211 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives. All calls are private and confidential.
You’ll find information about: supplemental food and nutrition programs, shelter and housing options, utilities assistance, emergency information and disaster relief, and more.
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 user 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Individuals 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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