The 16th annual Can the Griz food drive, an off-field competition between Montana State University and the University of Montana to see which school can collect the most donations for its local county food bank, begins Saturday, Nov. 7.
The competition ends Saturday, Nov. 21, at halftime of the Brawl of the Wild football game between MSU and UM, which will be held at MSU. The winner of the competition will be announced during halftime.
Organizers of the drive ask that nonperishable food donations be taken to collection locations throughout Bozeman to support those in need in Gallatin County. A list of participating locations can be found at http://www.canthegriz.com/.
Bobcat supporters can designate their contribution to MSU by telling the Gallatin Valley Food Bank or collection location host that their donation is for the Can the Griz food drive.
Individuals are also invited to bring their donations to the MSU home football games on Saturday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 21. Collection bins will be located at the stadium entrances, as well as at the Ressler Motors and Interwest Moving and Storage tailgates. Donations will also be collected at the Bobcat men’s and women’s home basketball games on Friday, Nov. 20.
Monetary donations may be made directly to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank by texting CAN to 444999. Donations can also be made online at www.gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org.
Individuals who participate in the drive are invited to take a photo or video of themselves donating and post it on social media with the hashtag #canthegriz.
This year, Can the Griz shirts will be available at the MSU Bookstore. Proceeds from the shirts will benefit the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.
Last year, MSU and the Bozeman community donated 171,554 pounds of food plus approximately $74,636 to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. The University of Montana and Missoula community also raised a record amount for the Missoula community's local food bank. Donations from UM and the Missoula community totaled 121,609 pounds of food plus $78,272.
Contact: Laurynn Olson or Brianna Cronin, (406) 994-6902 or email@example.com