Montana State University

Record amount of food donated through MSU's annual 'Can the Griz' food drive

November 25, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University and the Bozeman community rallied for a big win in the 14th annual Can the Griz Food Drive, with supporters donating more than 100,000 pounds of food and more than $47,000 to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

Can the Griz and the corresponding Can the Cats is an off-field competition between MSU and the University of Montana to see which school can collect the most donations for their local county food banks.

MSU and the Bozeman community’s total this year was 100,939 pounds of food and $47,445.38 donated to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, according to Robin Mayer of the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement. The Can the Cats Food Drive in Missoula brought in 56,498 pounds of food and $60,992 for the Missoula Food Bank, Mayer said. She added that both are records: Last year, MSU and the Bozeman community donated 68,515 pounds of food plus approximately $29,000 to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, while donations from UM and the Missoula community in 2012 totaled 29,025 pounds of food plus nearly $29,000.

Bozeman and the MSU community have won the competition 13 of the 14 years it has been held, Mayer said.

The MSU Office of Activities and Engagement, which coordinates Can the Griz, appreciates the community’s generosity, Mayer said.

“It’s great that we win (the competition), but even better that we support each other in our community,” Mayer said. “Everyone in the area gets involved in this, and we are so grateful for the support.

“This event is truly about our community as a whole – both the campus community and the Bozeman community,” Mayer added. “It’s a really, really great partnership.”

Contact: Robin Mayer, MSU Office of Activities and Engagement, (406) 994-2837 or