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“As a working mother and student, I was faced with additional stress when my family's financial circumstances changed drastically. Although the changes were relatively short-lived, we experienced the hardship of choosing whether to pay our mortgage and utilities or buy groceries for our family of 5. I am grateful for the nutritional and emotional relief that the GFCMSU Food Pantry was able to provide for us.

My children were aware of some of our financial hardships, but luckily never had to experience the physical and emotional stress of lack of food. The experience has made them more aware of what many people in our community may deal with on a daily basis and they said more than once, ‘we are so lucky your school can help us like this’!“

- Allison McKnight, Great Falls College MSU Nursing Student, 2017

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Going to school is financially challenging
and it involves more than paying for tuition, books, and fees. Having adequate money for rent, food, transportation, utilities, daycare and other basic needs is essential to your success while you complete your coursework at Great Falls College MSU. Make sure to utilize the resources available to you to help manage your personal financial needs.

They include:

  • Talking to your advisor. Even if he or she doesn’t have a solution for your problem, they most likely could help point you to a resource in the community.

  • If you are in an urgent situation, and you need help now, please contact any of the following resources:


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Connect With Other Needed Services

Great Falls College Food Pantry

To all Great Falls College MSU students. Need to present your ID card.

No No Limited information
YWCA To women who are in an abusive relationship and their children To women who are in an abusive relationship and their children To women who are in an abusive relationship and their children

To women who are in an abusive relationship and their children 

Helping Hands Food Pantry Yes No No Yes
Voices of Hope No No Yes Yes
Great Falls Rescue Mission Yes Yes No Some
Family Promise For families with children For families with children Yes Yes
Great Falls College Veteran Center No No No For Great Falls College MSU Veteran students




Contact Information

Great Falls College Food Pantry

Stop in 9:30-2pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Call 9 am-5 pm to make an appointment

Office of Student Engagement
(406) 771-4302
2100 16th Avenue South, Great Falls
Room: B104
YWCA (Mercy Home) Hotline: 24 hours a day
Business Hours M-F 9 am-5 pm

Hotline: (800) 352-7449 or (406) 453-1018
Business Phone: (406) 452-1315
P.O. Box 65, Great Falls, MT 59403 

Helping Hands Food Pantry  Monday-Thursday: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Michele Raymes
(406) 453-9551
726 2nd Avenue North, Great Falls 59401
Voices of Hope- MT 211  24 hours a day, 7 days a week Jackie Fitzgerald
Hotline: (406) 453-4357
Business Line: (406) 268-1330 & (406) 231-1986

P.O. Box 1788, Great Falls, MT 59403 

Great Falls Rescue Mission Business Hours: 8am-5pm
Answer Phone: 8 am-9 pm
Men’s Shelter: (406) 761-0095
Women & Families Shelter: (406) 452-1483
Business Line: (406) 761-2653

408 2nd Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405 

Family Promise 8 am-5 pm everyday Sharron Odden
(406) 866-0288

1025 Central Avenue, Great Falls 59401  

Great Falls College Veteran Center Mon - Wed: 8:30 - 1:30
Thurs: 8:30 - 12:30

Kevin Lyons - Veterans Success Coach
(406) 771-4434
2100 16th Avenue South, Great Falls
Room: B 103 


Disclaimer: Great Falls College Montana State University does not endorse or claim responsibility for the services provided by these local community resources. Since contact information can change, please be aware that the most accurate information will always be found by contacting the specific service.

Charla Merja
Director of Student CARE