MISSOULA – In the lead up to the Griz-Cat football game on Nov. 23, Montana’s two largest universities and the communities of Missoula and Bozeman will compete in a friendly little food drive.
The 20th annual Can the Cats Food Drive kicks off Saturday, Nov. 9, and runs until the Brawl of the Wild game in Bozeman on Nov. 23. Both communities will compete to see who can collect the most donations for area food pantries.
All donations in Missoula will benefit the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center and the University of Montana Food Pantry, which was established this year on the first floor of the University Center.
“This food drive will help us take care of students and others in the community who are experiencing food insecurity,” said Kat Cowley, UM Food Pantry student coordinator. “And, of course, we would love to take down the Cats in something beyond the football field.”
In 2018, the Missoula community raised 404,897 pounds of food, and the 2019 goal is 406,000. Members of the public are encouraged to donate food, host a food drive, donate, spread the word and volunteer. More information is online at http://bit.ly/2WPcFsu.
UM drop-off sites are the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, Adams Center, The Corner Store, The Market, McGill Hall, the Alumni Association, the UM Foundation, the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, the College of Business, Curry Health Center, UM fraternities and sororities, the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, the Office for Student Success and the Undergraduate Advising Center.
Additionally, all UM Campus Dining locations are able to accept cash donations of any size.
Donations also will be accepted during the home Griz football game at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Nov. 16.
The wider Missoula community offers many more drop-off sites, including the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center at 1720 Wyoming St.
“This food drive is a fantastic event that harness our Griz-Cat rivalry to do a lot of good in western Montana,” Cowley said. “I hope a lot of folks choose to help us out.”
Learn more about the UM Food Pantry at http://www.umt.edu/asum/agencies/food-pantry/default.php.