UM Food Pantry Seeks Donations

April 09, 2019

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Food Pantry in the University Center needs some staple items to help some students get through the end of the semester.

A 2018 national survey found that many college students have food insecurity or were homeless during the past year. Those results are online at

“Despite the joke, it’s not normal to survive off ramen noodles,” said Kat Cowley, the UM Food Pantry student coordinator. “It can be harder for students to access resources such as SNAP – formerly known as food stamps – and housing assistance because of their student status.”

Cowley said UM’s new food pantry distributed 278 pounds of food in just the first month. The pantry now is low on rice, beans, canned or frozen fruit, and pasta sauce.

Donations can be dropped off anytime at the after-hours donation basket at the West Atrium Desk in the University Center. The pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

“Another great way to support the UM Food Pantry is to donate online at or to do a UM employee payroll deduction,” she said.

Call the UM Food Pantry at 406-243-5125 or email if you or your group would like to assist. More information about the pantry is online at, as well as on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


Contact: Kat Cowley, UM Food Pantry student coordinator, 406-243-5125,