MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host a grand opening for the new UM Food Pantry for students from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the West Atrium desk on the first floor of the University Center.
The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and enjoy treats, speeches and a silent auction to support the UM Food Pantry. Missoula Mayor John Engen and others will offer brief remarks at the beginning of the event.
Over the past few years, a group of students, faculty and staff members from UM and Missoula College saw a need to support students facing food insecurity, and formed a committee on Food and Housing Insecurity to help create the UM Food Pantry. The pantry partners with Missoula Food Bank, Montana Food Bank Network, the Missoula Chamber of Commerce, Blackfoot, Missoula Federal Credit Union and other community organizations.
The pantry is located at the West Atrium desk in the UC and is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. There also are self-serve “cupboards” located at Missoula College Room 430, TRiO Support Services in UM's Lommasson Center Room 180, the VETS Office at 1000 E. Beckwith Ave., and American Indian Student Services in UM's Payne Family Native American Center Suite 113.
The UM Food Pantry accepts nonperishable food donations, as well as toiletries, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products and household cleaning supplies. Monetary donations can be submitted anytime online at http://www.umt.edu/foodpantry and are used to help fund pantry operations and to purchase undersupplied food and products.
To make a donation or get involved, call the UM Food Pantry at 406-243-5125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.