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406 Jersey Supports Food Insecure Students in Billings Public Schools

The Education Foundation for Billings Public
Schools will host 406 Jersey Day on Friday, February 9, 2024. The event is a fun way for schools
and businesses to raise money to support some of School District 2’s most critical programs
while also showing support for a favorite team, be it sports or other activities, by wearing the
team shirt on Friday ahead of the Super Bowl. This year, the event is proudly sponsored by First
Federal Bank and Trust.
“The Food Insecurity Program, which consists of BackPack Meals and Pantries, are some of the
most important programs the Foundation manages for students in need in Billings Public
Schools,” explained Kelly McCandless, Executive Director of the Education Foundation. “The
number of students relying on the Foundation’s Food Insecurity programs has grown more
than 25% this year with approximately 900 – 1,000 kids receiving direct meal support each week.
An average of 485 elementary students receive BackPack Meals each weekend and
approximately 500 middle and high school students rely on the pantries to provide evening and
weekend nutrition. We’re feeding more students than ever before to ensure they don’t face
hunger outside of school.”
Both programs are managed by the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools and are
100% donor supported. “As the need for this program grows, the Foundation is committed to
ensuring its sustainability,” noted Shelley Pierce, Development and Community Relations
Manager for the Foundation. “Community support through events like this helps ensure we can
continue these programs into the future,” Pierce said.
The Foundation is inviting businesses to participate by encouraging their employees to donate
to the Food Insecurity program and sport their favorite jersey or team shirt on Feb. 9th.

Businesses interested in participating may contact the Foundation at
Donations can be made at, or by texting “406jersey” to 53-555 or
by mailing your donation to:
Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools
Attn: 406 Jersey Day
415 N. 30th St.
Billings, MT 59101
If you have questions or would like to request an interview, reach out to Shelley Pierce at
406.698.9417 or

The event is finished.


Feb 09 2024


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