MISSOULA – The biggest food drive in the state has generated its biggest response ever, generating nearly 800,000 pounds of food for Montanans.
Community members supporting the University of Montana in the “Can the Cats” food drive edged out their Montana State University counterparts by nearly 5,000 pounds – the slimmest margin of victory in the drive’s 18-year history.
“There’s no loser in this competition,” Missoula Food Bank Executive Director Aaron Brock said. “The generosity of the UM and MSU communities is enlivened by this friendly competition, and at the end of the day, there is well over a half-million pounds of food to help people struggling with hunger in our neighborhoods.”
UM’s total weighed in at 394,078 pounds, while MSU fans collected 389,093 pounds of food.
“We’re so proud and grateful to both universities for keeping these drives a priority,” Brock said.
Missoula Food Bank served one in six people in Missoula County last
“The incredible growth of this food drive has been a significant contributor to our food bank’s ability to keep pace with the increased need in our community,” Brock said. “The quality and diversity of food will line our shelves during the winter months – a time that is particularly hard for families living on the margins.”