MISSOULA – For two years in a row, the University of Montana Grizzlies have lost to the Montana State University Bobcats in the Brawl of the Wild football game.
Despite their loss on the field in 2017, the Griz did score a victory on game day when they won the Can the Cats food drive competition.
This annual event is organized by food banks in Missoula and Bozeman. The communities compete to see who can bring in the most food or donations in the two weeks leading up to the game.
The community of Missoula was able to bring in just under 400,000 pounds of food last year.
Missoula Food Bank Executive Director Aaron Brock says this is a fun way to encourage competition outside of the game.
“I think it’s fun to have something that pitches Griz against Cats and it’s all for a good cause, of course. We are very happy for our friends in Bozeman,” Beck said. “This is a drive that supports both of our communities in a big meaningful way, and we wish them the best and we also desperately want to win.”
The Missoula Federal Credit Union has donated 10,000 pounds of pasta and rice and will have a tailgate tonight outside the Brooks Street branch until six. If you want to help can the cats, you can find a list of drop off locations on their website.