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MSU, Bozeman to offer 'good neighbor' food collection bags

November 1, 2012

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Bozeman - In conjunction with the start of the 13th annual Cat/Griz Food Drive, Montana State University will be partnering with the City of Bozeman on Saturday to deliver "Good Neighbor Bags" to homes in neighborhoods close to MSU.

The campaign will drop on doorsteps bags containing a few helpful ideas about what makes a good neighbor. The bag is designed to help in the collection of canned goods for 'Can the Griz', which pits MSU against the University of Montana.

'Can the Griz,' which is coordinated by the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement and Gallatin Valley Food Bank, will conclude on Nov. 17. The community that has brought in the most canned food will be announced during the third quarter of the Brawl of the Wild football game in Missoula.

"The bags are designed to encourage people to think about what it means to be part of a community, to be looking out for your neighbors," said Chelsea Schmidt, assistant director of business and community relations. "And it's a nice fit with the food drive. 'Can the Griz' is something that taps into the same sense of helping out those neighbors who might be in need."

When they arrive, bags will contain tips on being a good neighbor that are particularly relevant in a college town. Among the flyers are "Parking on a City Street," and "Throwing a Great Party," which counsels letting neighbors know ahead of time, keeping the frequency of your house parties to a minimum, and avoiding the knock of a police officer by keeping a lid on the volume.

Bags left on doorsteps with nonperishable food donations will be picked up at homes on Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. by members of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

For more information on the Good Neighbor Bags, contact Chelsea Schmidt at (406) 994-4571 or

Chelsea Schmidt, (406) 994-4571 or