The Ō´yō´•ṗ´Pantry opened at the Medicine Bear building in Browning, MT back in September 2019. Ō´yō´•ṗ´ is the Blackfeet way to say “We Are Eating” – a name that FAST Blackfeet chose because of the way it embraces both FAST Blackfeet’s vision that everyone has plenty of healthy food to eat, along with the inclusive, social relationship that surrounds the sharing and eating of food in Blackfeet culture.
In its first six months, the Ō´yō´•ṗ´Pantry served approximately 4005 boxes to 525 families and provided 41,196 pounds of food. People can come in for a food box once each week.
FAST Blackfeet’s previous VISTA Volunteer, Andrew Brokaw, along with the FAST Board and some incredible volunteers, have put in a lot of work to renovate the garage of the Medicine Bear building and develop the pantry from scratch through a First Nations Development Institute grant.
People do not need to meet any income guidelines to access the Ō´yō´•ṗ´Pantry. If clients meet the income guidelines for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), then they are eligible to receive additional food through that program.
As of March 2020, we have provided all services using volunteers (no paid staff). We are in consistent need of monetary donations and volunteers.
Volunteers contact us at:
Facebook message: @FASTBlackfeet
Call or text: 406-845-2404