Help CAN the MSU Bobcats in this friendly, off-field food drive competition!

Saturday, November 5 – Saturday, November 19, 2022

Missoula Food Bank & Community Center Donation Drop Off Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am – 7pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8am – 1pm
Please drop off donations at our back alley donation door.

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Now in our 23rd year, the annual Can the Cats Canned Food Drive is a friendly, off-field food drive competition between UM & the Missoula community and MSU & the Bozeman Community to see who can raise the most food & funds for our local communities.  All donations collected in the Missoula area during this two-week food drive competition stay local and help stock the shelves at Missoula Food Bank & Community Center and the University of Montana Food Pantry.

Our local Food Bank is serving more people than ever before and many families are utilizing our emergency food services for the very first time. Now, more than ever before, we are counting on our community to put food on the tables of the 1 in 4 people in Missoula County utilizing emergency food services, our friends & neighbors experiencing food insecurity, and out-raise the Bobcats in this important food drive competition.

In 2021, the Missoula community raised a grand total of 583,622.17 collective food & funds for our local Food Bank! Help us nourish our friends & neighbors experiencing food insecurity in our community this year and help us CAN the MSU Bobcats off the field!

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ways you can help:

  1. Fill a bag! 
    • Drop off donations at Missoula Food Bank & Community Center’s back alley donations door at 1720 Wyoming St. or any Can the Cats donation drop spot listed below between November 5-19, 2022.
  2. Host a Food Drive!
    • The need for emergency food assistance is growing in our community. Help us keep pace.
    • Click here to register your food drive today!
    • Pick a Time to bring donations by on Weigh in Day!
  3. Donate
    • $1 = 1 lb and every donation counts during this two-week drive. Donate online between November 6-20, 2021! Checks can be made out to Missoula Food Bank & Community Center (or Missoula Food Bank) and mailed or delivered to us at 1720 Wyoming St, Missoula, MT 59801. Cash donations also accepted.
  4. Spread the Word!
    • Follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Share our posts & events. Invite and challenge your friends, family & colleagues!

Calendar of Events

  • Saturday, November 5th:
    • CAN THE CATS KICK OFF! Washington Griz Stadium 6pm Game Ball presentation to CTC sponsor, Clearwater Credit Union & Missoula Food Bank & Community Center
    • Sweet & Salty Drive • Nov 5th-Nov 19th Bring your sweet or salty snacks to share with those in need.  The College of Humanities and Sciences will have 8 locations collecting contributions for this year’s Can the Cats Drive.  Look for our bins in Chemistry, Math, Liberal Arts/Eck Hall, Payne Family Native American Center, Jeannette Rankin Hall, Social Sciences, Clapp, and Skaggs Buildings, and make your contribution anytime between Nov 5 and the Cats game on Nov 19th.
  • Monday November 7th:
    • Gild Toast the Town • 5-8pm $1 from each beer purchase goes directly to Can the Cats. Bring canned goods with you to get a dollar of your pint!
    • Griz Basketball game • 6pm Donate for discounted admission to watch the Griz win
  • Tuesday November 8th:
    • Stuff the Truck • 2-6pm Help Clearwater Credit Union stuff the Food Bank truck at WINCO
  • Wednesday November 9th:
    • Conflux Pint Night • 5:30-8:30pm $1 from each pint purchased goes to help stock our shelves. Bring your canned good donations in until the 18th for a dollar off each beer!
  • Friday November 11th:
    • Griz Volleyball Game • 7pm Donate for discounted admission to watch the Griz win
  • Saturday November 12th
    • Griz Game • 1pm Cans & cash welcome at Washington Griz stadium! Bring what you can to Can the Cats while the Griz play Eastern Washington
  • Tuesday, November 15th:
    • Griz Basketball game • 11am Donate for discounted admission to watch the Griz win
    • Cup of Kindness • All Day • 50 cents from each cup purchased at Loose Caboose will go toward Canning the Cats
    • Tetris Tournament • 6pm-9pm Come join us in the Gaming Den for a classically competitive evening of Tetris with proceeds going to Can the Cats! You get 3 attempts max to get the highest score from clearing 40 lines the fastestThere will be prizes to be won! Entry fee is $3 or 3 canned/packaged food products.
  • Friday, November 18th:
    • Townsquare Media Day • 11-3pm Join Townsquare media for live broadcast from Albertsons on Russell & 39th St. Fill their donation bins before the last day of Can The Cats
    • Stuff the Trolley • 3:30-5:30pm Fill the Mountain Line trolley up outside of WINCO
  • Friday, November 18th:
    • WEIGH IN DAY • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at Missoula Food Bank & Community Center’s back alley donation door (1720 Wyoming Street)
      • Please bring all donations to the back alley donation door at Missoula Food Bank & Community Center (1720 Wyoming St) between 8am and 6pm. If you are a business or organization dropping off donations, decide on your drop off time on the SignUpGenius to give us a heads up:
    • eSports Tournament • 12pm-10pm Join us in the 3rd Floor UC Ballroom for eSports matches against MSU! Help us raise cans of food and money so we Can those Cats! We will have community Smash Ultimate and Minecraft tournaments along with show game matches from our student teams!  Email for more info.
  • Saturday, November 19th:
    • Stuff the Trolley • 10am-12pm Last day to fill the Mountain Line trolley up outside of WINCO
  • Saturday, November 19th: Brawl of the Wild Presented by Town Pump • MSU
    • Donations will be collected at Missoula Food Bank & Community Center until kickoff.
    • Stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram pages for the most current updates.


Special Promotions

  • Murdoch’s will match each can you bring in up to $1,000. Bring in 5 and be entered to win a gift card
  • Loose Caboose will donate 50 cents per cup of coffee/tea purchased on November 15th
  • Florence Coffee Co in Missoula and the Bitterroot will give you a dollar off your drink for bringing a canned good to donate
  • Sobba Cycle is offering a free class for bringing in 10  cans
  • Conflux will give you a dollar off your pint for bringing in a nonperishable item
  • Runway Fashion Exchange is offering free clothes for a year to one lucky person who brings 10 cans to donate.

Donation Drop SPOTS

Community Drop Spots

  • Missoula Food Bank & Community Center – 1720 Wyoming St.
  • EmPower Place – 1720 Wyoming St.
  • Albertson’s – All Missoula Locations
  • Clearwater Credit Union – All Missoula locations
  • Rosauers – 2350 S Reserve St
  • First Interstate Bank – All Missoula locations
  • Peak Performance Physical Therapy – 1940 Harve Ave. Suite 2
  • Missoula College – 1205 E Broadway
  • Morrison-Maierle Inc. – 1055 Mount Ave.
  • Unleashed Doggy Daycare – 2118 S. Reserve St.
  • Missoula Bone and Joint – 2360 Mullan Rd. Suite D
  • Murdoch’s – Missoula and Hamilton
  • WINCO Foods – 2510 S. Reserve St.
  • PEAK Health and Wellness – All Missoula locations
  • Clay Studio of Missoula – 1106 Hawthorne St.
  • Cranky Sam’s Public House – 233 W Main St.
  • CS Porter Middle School – 2510 W. Central Ave.
  • Paxson Elementary School – 101 Evans Ave.
  • Residence Inn Missoula Downtown – 125 N. Pattee St.
  • AC Hotel Missoula Downtown – 175 N. Pattee St.
  • Conflux Brewing  210 N Pattee St.
  • Windermere Real Estate – 2800 S Reserve St.
  • ERA Lambros Community Foundation – 3011 American Way
  • Lumenad / Pathlabs – 111 N. Higgins Ave., Ste 500
  • DoubleTree by Hilton and FINN – 100 Madison St.
  • WGM Group – 1111 E. Broadway St.
  • PureWest Christie’s Real Estate – 101 Railroad Street West
  • Missoula YMCA – 3000 S. Russell St.
  • Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty – 434 N. Higgins
  • Old Sawmill District – 945 Wyoming St., Suite 120
  • Hellgate Elementary School – 3835 Flynn st
  • Missoula Public Library – 455 E Main Street
  • Runway Fashion Exchange – 3121 Brooks street
  • Athleta in Southgate Mall – 2901 Brooks space C8
  • Missoula Broadcasting Company – 2620 Radio Way, Suite B
  • Skin Chic in Southgate Mall – 2901 Brooks St.
  • Missoula Organization of Realtors – 724 Burlington Ave.
  • Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air – 5225 US Highway 10 W.
  • Sentinel High school – 901 South Ave. W.
  • Russell Elementary– 3216 Russell St
  • Target Range Elementary– 4095 South Avenue West
  • Chief Charlo Elementary-5600 Longview Drive
  • Karl Tyler Chevrolet– 3663 N Reserve St
  • Straight 6 Archery – 1200 S Reserve St. Suite A
  • Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co PC
  • Boone Karlberg P.C. – 201 W. Main St. Suite 300
  • Great Burn Brewing – 2230 McDonald Ave
  • HDR – 700 SW Higgins Ave Suite 200
  • Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP – 350 Ryman Street
  • Fuel Fitness – 1934 Brooks St.
  • Vibrant Hearing – 317 S. Orange St.
  • HypeHouse Studio – 140 N Higgins St. Suite 103
  • Eddie Bauer – 2901 Brooks St
  • Stockman Bank – all 3 locations
  • Lifted Meds – 1420 W Broadway
  • Florence Coffee Co – all locations
  • Gild – 515 S Higgins
  • Pacific Steel – 2828 Palmer St
  • Sobba Cycle – 160 E Front St
  • Auburge at Missoula Valley – 3620 American Way
  • Western MT Clinic – 3011 Palmer St
  • Mismo Gymnastic – 2430 Benton Ave
  • Imagine Nation Brewing – 1151 W Broadway
  • Highlander – 200 International Drive

University of Montana Drop Spots

Donate Food

  • UM Food Pantry
  • Mansfield Library
  • Clapp Building
  • Skaggs Building
  • UC Gaming Den
  • Clearwater Credit Union
  • All Residence Hall Lobbies
  • Aber Hall, 1st & 2nd Floor
  • Adams Center Ticket Office
  • Math Building
  • Chemistry Building
  • Jeanette Rankin
  • Payne Family Native Center
  • Brantley Hall
  • Todd Building room 315
  • PARTV Lobby
  • Social Sciences
  • Eck Hall
  • University Center Gallery
  • Curry Health Center
  • GBB Main Floor

Donate Funds in PErson

  • University Center Game Room (eSports Hub)
  • The Market
  • Food Zoo
  • Food Court
  • Rise + Rooted
  • Think Tank
  • Biz Buzz
  • UM Concessions (During Griz home games)
  • UM Bookstore

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Marketing Toolkit

Download & share the following marketing materials to boost your food drive and spread the word!

Thank you to our partners!







Questions? Looking to get involved? Contact Missoula Food Bank & Community Center at or 406.541.0768.

Thank you for helping us nourish our community!