It’s been a hazy summer, but we are finally starting to see signs of the smoke clearing- and just in time for a fun-filled week of new student orientation events!

The UM Food Pantry will be at the Bear Fair on Monday (8/23) from 4 — 6 pm. We will be handing out trail mix, fresh fruit, and other healthy snacks. Come see us on the Oval for some tasty treats, and to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities with the pantry!

In other *exciting* news, the ASUM agency formerly known as the Renter Center- which primarily assisted students with renter…


It’s been a busy summer for the pantry so far, with lots of transitions underway. So let’s start with the good news, shall we?

Our new vegetable garden program is going spectacularly well! So far, we have distributed 65 lbs. of fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs that were grown right behind our building (which is even more impressive when you consider that a good portion of that weight is composed of herbs)!

Our pantry-garden liaison, Elani Borhegyi, distributing fresh vegetables in the University Center.

We’re now heading into our sixth week of weekly distributions in the University Center, and each week the line of people waiting to receive fresh herbs & vegetables…


CONSUMER ALERT!!

If you are seeking to rent property be very cautious of persons or companies advertising to lease property that is not theirs. Fraudulent property listings have been posted pretending to have authority to rent property in Missoula. In at least one case in they have fraudulently taken security deposits or advance rent payments.

BEWARE of property listings by Cameron Laurence at rentalguidecondos@gmail.com

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR RED FLAGS such as:

· They won’t allow a visit to the property

· They are advertising to sublet someone else’s property

· Odd wording in the ad such as “I have pleasure…


Photo by Evan Mach on Unsplash

The semester is wrapping here at the University of Montana, and the weather is taunting us all. March was a productive month at the UM Food Pantry — we distributed 1,547.80 lbs. of food & hygiene products through 33 Grab-n-Go bags and 102 in-person visits, and we received a TON of support from our community! We also have some pretty exciting developments in the works. Here’s the latest:

UM’s annual Big Give campaign resulted in $3,175 in donations to the UM Food Pantry. Additionally, the March Madness food drive, sponsored by the College of Health, brought in 320 lbs. of…


The results are in from #RealCollege survey, which was disseminated last fall for the sixth year in a row. The #RealCollege survey was created by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University in order to better understand basic needs insecurity among college students. According to the Hope Center,

“basic needs begin with food, water, shelter, and safety…Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or the ability to acquire such foods in a socially acceptable manner… Housing insecurity includes the broader set of challenges, such as the inability to pay…


Photo courtesy of Jeswin Thomas

When it comes to eligibility for SNAP benefits, there are generally several caveats for college students. However, in light of Covid-19, certain changes were recently made to the SNAP eligibility requirements. Two recent exemptions in particular are good news:

  • students who are eligible for work study are now eligible for SNAP benefits (before this change, students had to be participating in work study)
  • students who have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 for the current academic semester are now eligible for SNAP benefits

You may find more information about these changes here.

These exemptions will remain in effect until…


Photo courtesy of Aniket Bhattacharya

We are now about midway through spring semester, and the sunshine has us all excited for new possibilities. While it is still too early to know what the next year will look like, we are right there with you in hoping for less screen time and more in-person time. We are also looking forward to getting our hands dirty in the UC Veggie Gardens this summer (more details soon to come)!

Throughout February, the UM Food Pantry distributed 1,530 lbs. …


Here it is: the news you’ve been waiting for your whole life! Okay, maybe not your whole life, but hopefully you’ve heard some of the buzz by now & you’re at least a little curious…

As of February 1st, 2021, the UM Food Pantry has been open for TWO years, during which we have grown immensely. We are currently distributing over 1,000 lbs. of food and personal care products to 60 households each month, on average. We added 168 new customers to our database in 2020, and we now serve 395 households in Missoula County. …


Welcome back UM students, staff & faculty! It feels like we are all caught up in some sort of time warp, where time moves simultaneously fast & slow… But alas, spring semester is upon us! Here's a little glimpse of what the UM Food Pantry was up to over winter break:

Meet our staff: Pantry Coordinator Jenny Stoneking (left) & AmeriCorps VISTA Hilary Rosa (right).

Early in December, we hired our new Pantry Coordinator, Jenny Stoneking. Throughout the next several weeks, the pantry distributed 2,475.56 lbs of food & hygiene products to 60 households through 105 in-person visits and 24 Grab-n-Go bags. As Christmas approached, we prepared & distributed 24 holiday meal kits to…


Another semester has gone by, and what a rollercoaster it was! We’d like to take a moment to share some of our favorite memories & accomplishments with you.

This semester, the UM Food Pantry distributed a total of 6669.36 lbs of food and hygiene products. We served 147 people through in-person visits, including 90 new customers. We also distributed 302 lbs of food through our satellite pantries (aka Grizzly Cupboards) and 1,826.16 lbs through our Grab n’ Go program.

Our Grab n’ Go bags are filled with a variety of non-perishable food items, and are available for no-contact service outside of our normal hours of operation.

Thanks to Reliable Restaurant Repair, we were also able to get our commercial refrigerator fixed — and just in time for…

Hilary Rosa

MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA serving at the University of Montana Food Pantry.

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