Office for Community Involvement

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Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry (YEP)




Hunger and Food Insecurity on Campus and in the Community


After conducting a needs assessment during the Spring 2016 semester, the Food Insecurity Committee determined that there is a need for a student food pantry on campus.  Results showed that thirty-four percent of students reported that there has been a time when they did not have enough food for themselves or their household and twenty-six percent reported that they have had to skip a meal due to a lack of food. Barriers such as poverty and food insecurity can prohibit student from achieving a college degree.


Food Insecurity is not just a problem at MSU Billings, universities and colleges across the United States have been looking at food insecurity as a barrier to student success, with over 300 colleges and universities joining the College and University Food Bank Alliance. While there are community resources available, it may be difficult for student to access them due to transportation, scheduling, and eligibility guidelines. YEP’s purpose is to help students with their immediate needs while also linking them with long term solutions.

How You Can Help


Thank you for your interest in helping out!  If you have any questions or would like to donate, please contact Shayla Fox or Shimmeri Selph in the Office for Community Involvement, SUB 222, (406) 896-5815,




We accept donations of non-perishable food items, hygiene products or grocery store gift cards at the OCI, SUB 222.  Things We Need:


Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pasta & Pasta Sauce, Apple Sauce, Cereal, Oils, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Canned Meats (Chicken, Tuna, Pork, Beef), Crackers & Cookies, Baking Mixes, Rice, Juice, Canned Beans, Oatmeal, Trail Mix, Breakfast Bars, Cleaning Supplies, Paper Products, Feminine Hygiene Products


Drop off locations:  Office for Community Involvement, SUB 222 or Sheri Steiner at the City College



We are currently looking for volunteers who can help us with pantry operations including intake, tabling, and stocking.  If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the application linked below.  Call the OCI at (406) 896-5815 or email for more information. 

Who We Are


The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry (YEP) is an emergency food pantry designed to provide students with emergency food and hygiene supplies, connect students to community and campus resources, and identify and address any hunger and food insecurities that may exist among the student population at MSU Billings.  Services are available to all registered students.  Students can receive YEP food supplies three times per semester, but are welcome to visit YEP for resource information at any time.


Location & Hours of Operation

Two locations: University Campus and City College  


The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry is located between the Office for Community Involvement (SUB 222) and the Student Union & Events Office (SUB 219).  Please stop in at the following times:


Monday – Friday

8am – 5pm:  Office for Community Involvement, SUB 222

5pm – 9pm:  Student Union & Events Office, SUB 219


NEW: City College YEP will be open from Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm visit Jacket Student Central for assistance.


How to Use YEP


Students will need to bring a picture ID and their current class schedule and/or My Info Login. 


Students will be asked to fill out a quick form the first time they use YEP, this is to help us assess what community resources may be helpful for them.  Our staff and volunteers are trained to protect your confidentiality.


Contact Us


Office for Community Involvement

Montana State University Billings

SUB 222

406- 896-5815


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