Housing, Energy, and food assistance

Faith and community organizations are often called to be in service to their neighbors, seeking opportunities to provide for basic needs including shelter and food. Below are programs and services that you can use to help families and individuals meet basic needs in your community.

Housing

  • Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization located in all 50 states that helps build and improved homes. Faith communities across Montana support Habitat for Humanity in building affordable housing in their area.

  • Contact the shelters that serve your area and find out what supplies they need. Typical items include hygiene products, blankets, and clothing. Host a drive at your church to support your local shelter.

Energy

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Food

  • Research studies demonstrate numerous benefits of eating together as a family, including positive impacts on child development, mental health, and the ability to pass along family values. Family mealtime also decreases the risk for substance use and other risky behaviors. Visit The Family Dinner Project website for a guide to implementing family meal nights in your faith or community organization.

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) provides benefits to eligible families to supplement their food budget and increase their ability to purchase healthy foods. SNAP Nutrition Education (SNAP-Ed), operated jointly with Montana State University, teaches participants to use their food stamp benefits wisely.

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is Montana’s special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. Please note: applicants must apply through their local clinic.

  • Cash assistance is funded by a federal block grant called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The program provides monthly payments to low-income families and children who meet income and resource eligibility standards. The Pathways Program provides employment and training services to individuals receiving cash assistance.

  • Montanans who reside in a rural communities with no emergency food resources may be eligible to receive a free monthly food box through Montana Food Bank Network’s Mail-a-Meal program.

  • Find food pantries, meal programs, and other food assistance available through the Montana Food Bank Network.

  • No Kid Hungry collaborates with communities around healthy food solutions to curb hunger today, while also cultivating systemic change alongside community leaders to end hunger for the future. Visit the No Kid Hungry website for ways you and your organization can be involved in No Kid Hungry efforts in Montana.

  • Share your voice as an anti-hunger advocate! Montana Food Bank Network Anti-Hunger Action Center advocates for programs and policies that reduce hunger in Montana. 

  • Hunters who legally harvest big game during the hunting season can donate all or part of their meat to feed hungry Montanans (there is no cost to the hunter). To help with processing charges, anyone purchasing a Montana hunting license has the opportunity to make an on-the-spot donation of $1 or more to Hunters Against Hunger. Find more information and a list of participating processors on the Montana Food Bank Network website

  • Contact Montana Food Bank Network at snap@mfbn.org to request SNAP outreach brochures or flyers or to schedule a SNAP Outreach training for your staff, volunteers, or board members. Learn more about the importance of SNAP and how you can help connect people in your community to food benefits. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP.

  • If your church is interested in becoming a food box distribution site for your community members in need, please reach out to Eric Luongo at the Montana Food Bank Network, at 406-215-1767, eluongo@mfbn.org.