Apparently, the University of Montana is sick of losing to Montana State University each year in the annual Can the Griz Food Drive. Laurynn Olson, program coordinator in the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement, said that we are falling behind. More donations are needed by this Saturday (Nov. 21). Every can matters!

Donations are still being accepted for the 16th annual Can the Griz Food Drive, an off-field competition between MSU and the U of M to see who can collect the most donations for their local food bank.

Collection officially ends this Saturday, Nov. 21, at the end of the first quarter of the Cat/Griz football game (kickoff is scheduled for 12:10 p.m., at Bobcat Stadium). The winner of the competition will be announced at halftime.

As the competition end draws near, MSU is falling behind, according to Montana State University Communications. Laurynn Olson, program coordinator in the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement, said, quote,

I encourage everyone to donate something because every can matters in this competition. 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

Making a monetary donation is as easy as texting CAN to 444999 or online at (make sure to select “Can the Griz” in the dropdown menu).

Food donations can be dropped off until the morning of November 20, at one of the many collection locations on the MSU campus or around the Gallatin Valley, or on No. 21, at any of the stadium entrances or at the Ressler Motors and Interwest Moving and Storage tailgates.

Let's Can the Griz!!