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Can the Griz food drive concludes Nov. 21, with more donations needed

November 18, 2015 -- MSU News Service

The Can the Griz food drive is 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. The competition will be held Nov. 7 through Nov. 21.

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Donations are still being accepted for the 16th annual Can the Griz food drive, an off-field competition between Montana State University and the University of Montana to see who can collect the most donations for its local county food bank.

Collection officially ends Saturday, Nov. 21, at the end of the first quarter of the Brawl of the Wild football game between MSU and UM, which is scheduled for 12:10 p.m., at MSU. The winner of the competition will be announced at halftime.

As the competition end draws near, MSU is falling behind, said Laurynn Olson, program coordinator in the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement.

“I encourage everyone to donate something because every can matters in this competition,” she said. “UM is sick and tired of losing and they are doing everything they can to win this year.”

Olson added that UM received a donation of 40,000 pounds of potatoes, and a recent press release stated they have 80,000 pounds of food collected.

As an added incentive, two round-trip airline tickets will be given to the individual making the single largest nonperishable food donation by weight or largest monetary donation to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. To be eligible for the tickets, food must be delivered to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. More details can be found at http://www.canthegriz.com/donate.html.

Making a monetary donation is as easy as texting CAN to 444999 or going online to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank website at https://www.gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org/sub/contribute/donate-online and selecting “Can the Griz” in the dropdown menu.

Food donations can be dropped off until the morning of Nov. 20, at one of the many collection locations on the MSU campus or around the Gallatin Valley, or on Nov. 21, at any of the stadium entrances or at the Ressler Motors and Interwest Moving and Storage tailgates.

Donations can also be dropped off at events held this week.

A 406 Brewing food drive is being held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 101 E. Oak St., with a free beverage for those who bring in five cans of food.

The final Cat Chat of the 2015 Montana State Football season will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at The Club Tavern and Grill at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn. Attendees are asked to please bring canned food to this event to donate to the Can the Griz food drive.

Collection bins will also be set up at the Bobcat men’s and women’s home basketball games on Friday, Nov. 20.

A full list of collections sites can be found online at http://www.canthegriz.com/collection-sites.html.

“The Gallatin Valley Food Bank distributes nearly 2 million pounds of food a year, and although the food collected for Can the Griz helps, it really only gets the food bank through the holiday season,” Olson said. “We will be at every entrance of the stadium for the Cat-Griz game this weekend collecting cans and monetary donations.”

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.

Can the Griz is coordinated by the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement and the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

Contact: Laurynn Olson or Brianna Cronin, (406) 994-6902 or canthegriz@montana.edu

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