COVID-19 Resources

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Community Resources

The following includes a list of community resources.   While the list is not inclusive, these are the resources that are most commonly requested.  If you do not see what you are searching for use the link, or click the request support button on our website.  Complete the form and someone will help you.


Montana Works has everything you need to know about filing for unemployment benefits and other related matters.  You can also find an instructional video.

Families in need of In-Home Child Care

Parents and guardians, you may have children that cannot return to child care or school during the pandemic due to special circumstances. This might be due to unique work schedules, compromised health of someone in your family, or your child may be more vulnerable. $4,000 scholarships are available to help off-set the cost of in-home care during this time.


In accordance with Governor Bullock’s April 13, 2020 Directive, Montana Housing will provide rent and security deposit assistance to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF eligible Montanans who have suffered substantial financial hardship as a result of the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.

  • Emergency Housing Assistance Program Eligibility Clarification The Emergency Housing Assistance program utilizes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds previously allocated to Montana Housing to provide rent and security deposit assistance to eligible Montana families with minor children. However, eligible families do not need to be receiving TANF cash benefits to qualify for housing assistance. In addition, the income eligibility guidelines for TANF cash benefits differ from the income eligibility limits for the housing assistance program.Montana Housing’s staff are working diligently to review applications as quickly as possible.  Additional applications from families impacted by the novel Coronavirus in need of housing assistance are welcomed.  Application forms are posted on the website.  To receive an application by mail or email, please call 406.841.2840 or email
  • Addressing Tenant Concerns Regarding Rent and the Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed this flyer to provide Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) participants with important information and resources about paying rent during the national emergency concerning the Coronavirus pandemic. Click here for flyer.


  • HRDC offers LIEAP and Energy Share to help with energy bills.  Go to our Energy Assistance pages for more information.


  • The Family Promise Yellowstone Valley Diaper Bank will be available Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm for pull up services at the FPYV Day Center located at 10 South 26th Street in Billings Downtown. It will also be available on Fridays from 10am-12pm.  If you are unable to leave to come to pick up sites please call Family Promise to schedule deliveries.  These sites and times are for pick-ups and diaper donation drop offs.  If you have any questions feel free to contact our office at 406-294-7432.

Mental Health

  • Montana Red Cross has launched a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Individuals may go to to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. People without internet access may call 833-492-0094 for help.
  • Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center has a resource page on managing mental health during COVID-19 that covers common issues people are dealing with, tips for reducing stress and anxiety, and how to get help for these issues which you can see here,
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) has this helpful Resource and Information Guide. (Updated June 2020)

Office of Public Assistance

  • Website to apply:
  •  OPA’s offices across the state remain closed to the public.  At this time it is not known when offices will reopen to the public.  In order to access our services clients are asked to utilize the following options: Self Service
    At the Self Service Portal one can:  Apply, Check Benefits, View Notices, Report Changes or Upload Documents.  If an individual does not have an account (Check My Benefit), they need only to follow the steps to set up their own account at this site.  Email:
    Helpline:  1-888-706-1535
    Fax:  1-877-418-4533
    Mail:  HCSD/OPA
    P O Box 202925
    Helena, MT  59620

Department of Public Health and Human Resources (DPHHS)

Montana 211

  • Montana 2-1-1 provides information and connects people to resources for non-emergency needs.
  • Call (2-1-1)
  • Website



For the most updated information on food assistance go to:

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

  • DPHHS, OPI Urge Families to Apply for P-EBT Nutrition Assistance.  This program was launched in response to COVID-19 and reimburses families of school-aged children (5-18) who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures as a result of COVID-19.  The benefit is a one-time only payment of $330 per eligible child in the household. The payment amount is calculated at $5.70 for 58 missed school days for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Families that have not yet received the P-EBT benefit, but believe they are eligible can Apply for the Program. Applications must be submitted by September 21, 2020. 
  • For additional (P-EBT) information, visit Montana Food Bank Network
  • Link to: P-EBT page on
Yellowstone County:
  • Billings School District 2

Billings Public Schools Remote Learning Curbside Meal Service

Locations:  Castle Rock Middle School, Lewis and Clark Middle School, Riverside Middle School, Medicine Crow Middle School

Service Time:  10:15 – 10:45

Meals will be provided Monday through Friday.  Breakfast and Lunch will be available for pick-up during service time.

*Adult Meals:  If a student is not enrolled in Billings Public Schools, they must pay the Adult Price for Meals

** If student is enrolled at one of the following schools, they will receive meals at no charge. Washington, McKinley, Newman, Ponderosa, Orchard.  For all other students’ meals are charged based on free, reduced or paid status.


Free and Reduced Applications available online at:

Billings Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Questions? – Please call 406-281-5878

  • Laurel Schools

    Laurel Public Schools Food and Nutrition Program will continue to provide meals to students attending classes at school/on-site and for remote/offsite learners through a Grab-n-Go program.

Laurel Public Schools will continue to offer Grab-n-Go Breakfast and Lunch meals to students on-site.

Grab-n-Go meals will be available at curbside for Online/Offsite students.

  • Meals on Wheels

    Agency: Adult Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County

A hot nutritious mid-day meal delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday to homebound seniors 60 and older.  A donation of $4.00 per meal is recommended but will not be denied if unable to contribute.  Meals are available in Billings, Lockwood, Laurel and Worden area.

Business Line : 406-259-9666
Phone 1 : 406-259-9666 (Billings MOW)
Phone 2 : 406-256-6413 (South Park Senior Center)
Phone 4 : 406-628-7571 (Laurel)
Phone 5 : 406-967-6535 (Worden)


  • Billings Food Bank

Emergency Food
Gathers food and other essentials to meet the needs of the under privileged in our community.
Provides food to various client programs at no cost to the agencies or to their individual clients while assuming the leadership role in feeding the hungry and delivering quality food and other products.
Business Line : 406-259-2856
Fax : 406-259-9847

Senior nutrition program
The Billings Food Bank provides nutritional food boxes for low income seniors that are struggling with meeting their basic food requirements.
Business Line : 406-259-2856
Fax : 406-259-9847

  • Family Service

Family Service works to prevent hunger and homelessness in Yellowstone County by providing food boxes, rent assistance, utilities, deposit assistance, clothing and other household items.
Business Line : 406-259-2269
Fax : 406-259-7940

Hunger prevention – emergency food boxes
Provides a 14 day supply of food for those experiencing hunger.
Business Line : 406-259-2269
Fax : 406-259-7940

Senior commodity food program
This valuable program works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons by supplementing diets with nutritious USDA food. There are no fees or costs associated with the program.
Business Line : 406-259-2269

  • Montana Rescue Mission

The Montana Rescue Mission Women’s and Children’s Shelter serves single women and women with children. Assistance is also provided to intact families. A variety of programs is offered to help make the stay productive by providing vital tools to overcome the causes of homelessness. Parenting classes, life skills, anger management, nutrition and food preparation, conflict resolution, addiction counseling, and spiritual development are offered. Chapel services and counseling are available. Meals are served and laundry facilities are available to residents.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our guests and the community, our Mission Diner at the Men’s Shelter is only open to shelter guests until further notice.  If you are in need of food, the Billings Food Bank is providing limited distributions. We will post updates on other food distribution sites as able.

Apply in person Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Business Line: 406-259-3105

  • Salvation Army – Billings

    The main focus is to reach out to the homeless of Yellowstone County by helping with a spectrum of basic needs:  food, shelter, transportation, hygiene, obtaining employment, obtaining housing, and spiritual comfort. Disaster response is very important and often among the first on the scene. Visit our social service office during walk-in hours if you are homeless or in crisis.
    Business Line : 406-245-4659
    Fax : 406-245-0854

  • Veteran’s Meat Locker

    The Veterans Meat Locker provides free professionally processed wild game for ONLY Veterans and ALL Veterans qualify with proof of service.  No legitimate veteran regardless of the branch or service record will be turned away.
    See Facebook page for upcoming events and information
    Business Line: 406-860-9683
    Website: Facebook

  • Community Hope, Inc.

Food Pantry is limited to Laurel and surrounding communities. Rent and utility assistance limited to Laurel, gently used clothing and household items to anyone in need ($1.50 per bag). Open cooler with limited food items to anyone. Serves west of 73rd to Park City. Outside service area are on a case by case basis. It is important to verify where you live.
Business Line: 406-628-7281
Add’l Phone: 406-628-7381

Carbon County
  • Joliet Food Pantry

    Provides food to local community that is in need of a helping hand.
    Website: Food Pantries Carbon County Website

  • BareTooth Cupboards

    Anyone residing in Carbon County, and in need, has access to the food bank twice each month.  Packaged goods such as cereal and pasta, and canned soup, fruit and vegetables are always on hand.  Hamburger, bread, eggs and dairy products are always on hand.
    17th E 11th St, Red Lodge, MT 59068
    Business Line: 406-446-1255

  • Bridger Community Food Bank

Anyone in need of food security.
Free groceries – donations accepted.
206 N D St, Bridger, MT 59041 (Old Furniture Factory)
Business Line: 406-662-1060

  • Harvest Hope

Any high school student who is food insecure.
Meal pantry for Red Lodge High School students.
800 Chambers N, Red Lodge, MT 59068
Business Line:  406-446-1903

Big Horn County
  • Helping Hands Food Bank

For the health and safety of our community we have updated several policies regarding services, while trying to maintain the highest standards. We hope these measures will protect the well-being of our customers and volunteers.

Our Facebook page will offer the most up to date information. If you have any questions, please contact us on messenger or at 665-2997. In the mean time, please do your best to respect the following changes during this time:
-Extended hours: OPEN Monday through Friday 10am-5pm through March
-Our waiting room is now closed, so we are a drive through ONLY. We will come to your car, so please honk once if we don’t see you pull in.
– Emergency food and senior boxes are available throughout the month, but we have switched to a pre-made box for both programs
– We are in need of volunteers who are willing to help pack boxes so contact us via Facebook and look for a schedule to be posted soon. Thank you for your understanding during this time.
Business Line : 406-665-2997
Website: Helping Hands Facebook Page

  • The Center Pole

Community Food Bank
3391  I90 Frontage Road, Garryowen  59031
Business Line: 406-638-2821

  • Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Human Resource Development Council (HRDC)
Provides a variety of healthy and nutritious food to enrolled tribal members on or near the Crow Reservation on a monthly basis.  Contact Agency for eligibility requirements and further details.
Warehouse is closed.  Food is prepackaged and drive thru service is available.  Please call.
Business Line: 406-665-2523
Website:’s food page

  • Hardin Schools

  • Project Hope of Stillwater County
    Project Hope serves residents of Stillwater County with a food bank, thrift store and various outreach programs. MWF 9-3 pm, Sat 12-3. (406)322-8537.
  • Reed Point Evangelical Church

    Local church can provide some meat from Pioneer Meats in Big Timber.
    Address:  15 S Park St  Reed Point, Montana
    Business Phone:  (406) 326-2263
    Website: Facebook @RPEChurch

  • Absarokee Area Food Bank

Food Bank offering emergency food and monthly food boxes to those in need.  During this two week school shutdown, the food bank is providing food for the kids at the school along with their regular recipients.
Business Line : 406-328-4365
Address:  101 South Woodard Ave.

Sweet Grass
  • Absarokee Area Food Bank

See listing in Stillwater

  • Pioneer Meats

31 Pioneer Trail Big Timber, 59011
Business Line: (406) 932-4555
Website: Montana Food Bank Website

  • Big Timber Community Food Bank

Mondays 12 PM-4 PM, and the first and last Fridays of the month 12 PM-4 PM
Business Line: (406) 932-4070
Website: Montana Food Bank Website


There are a number of communications companies that are providing free and low cost internet to families affected by the COVID-19.  Most communication companies providing wireless, and telephone service will not disconnect you for nonpayment for the next 60 days.  Check with your local carrier to verify agreements.

  • Spectrum Internet Assist, a high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households.  WiFi hotspots for public use. coronavirus covid19 update

  • Triangle Communications has opened free access community Wi-Fi hotspot locations to support our communities and provide a public Internet access point for those in need.  Free access is for non-members in our service area.  Community access will be available for a limited time during the CoVID-19 situation.  Once you are in range of the hotspot’s signal, you can connect to the “Triangle Community Wi-Fi” network.  Access is available in Big Timber and Reed Point.


People with an addiction are being impacted by COVID-19 in many ways, but the community is working on continuing crucial treatment.

United Way

Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)

Child Care Aware

New COVID-19 Resource Guide (helps consumers survive financial fallout)

  • To ensure that everyone who needs support can take advantage of the help available to them, Consumer Action has compiled a free online guide to the various types of assistance being offered or, as with the “economic impact” payments, automatically provided. The guide is available in both English and Spanish.
  • Resources are broken down by category (Employment/workers, Food and meals, Housing, Financial services, etc.), with details about the type of aid, who is eligible, steps (if any) for receiving the assistance, and where to get more information.