BOZEMAN -- The 17th 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. 5.
The competition ends Nov. 19, at the end of the first quarter of the Brawl of the Wild football game between MSU and UM, which will be held at UM. 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 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.
Those wishing to donate are also invited to bring cans to the MSU football game versus UC Davis on Nov. 12. Collection bins will be located at the stadium entrances and the Ressler Motors and Interwest Moving and Storage tailgates. Cans will also be collected at the women’s basketball game on Nov. 5 and men’s basketball games on Nov. 14, 16 and 18.
Monetary donations may be made directly to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank by visiting canthegriz.com and clicking “donate.” Participants can text CAN to 50555 to donate $10. Each dollar donated counts as 1 pound of food.
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.
Last year, MSU and the Bozeman community donated a record 194,750 pounds of food plus $65,523 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 196,406 pounds of food plus $85,227.
Contact: Brianna Cronin, Office of Student Engagement, (406) 994-7475 or firstname.lastname@example.org