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

November 9 – 23, 2019  •  Grizzly Goal: 406,000 LBS

Now in our 20th 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 over the two-weeks leading up to the Brawl of the Wild football game.  In 2018, 1 in 5 people in Missoula County utilized our local food bank.  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.

In 2018, the Missoula community raised a grand total of 404,897 collective food & funds for our local Food Bank! Help us meet our 2019 goal of 406,000 lbs!

Donate Online Here

ways you can help:

  1. Fill a bag! 
    • Drop off donations at Missoula Food Bank & Community Center (1720 Wyoming St.) or any Can the Cats donation drop spot.
  2. Host a Food Drive!
    • In 2018, our local Food Bank served 1 in 5 people in Missoula County. The need for emergency food assistance is growing in our community. Help us keep pace.
    • Click here to register your food drive today!
  3. Donate
    • $1 = 1 lb and every donation counts during this two-week drive. Click here to donate online now! Checks can be made out directly 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 accepted.
  4. Spread the Word!
    • Follow us on Facebook. Share our posts & events. Invite your friends!
  5. Volunteer!
    • Click here to sign up to help collect food donations at our local Grocery Stores all throughout the drive!
    • Click here to sign up to collect donations at the Adams Center Games on 11/14, 11/18 or 11/19.

Calendar of Events

Beating the MSU Bobcats has never been more fun! Bring non-perishable food or cash donations to one of our many events listed below! 5 cans = FREE entry at the UM Adams Center Games on 11/14, 11/18 & 11/19! Enter to win fun, local raffle prizes by donating at a grocery store food drive! Join us for a beer or cider at Western Cider on Tuesdays and Kettlehouse Brewing on 11/13!

Donation Drop SPOTS

  • Missoula Food Bank & Community Center – 1720 Wyoming St.
  • Clearwater Credit Union – All Missoula Locations
  • Albertson’s Grocery Stores  All Missoula Locations
  • AAA Mountain West
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • Anderson Zurmuehlen
  • Apricot Lane Boutique – 20% off en item with every can donated! 
  • Berube Physical Therapy
  • Big Sky High School
  • Big Sky Underwriters
  • Bob Wards Missoula
  • Boone Karlberg P.C.
  • Brio Fitness
  • Cambium Place
  • Canvas Studio – Saturday, Nov. 16th for a ONE DAY ONLY special promotion! 
  • The Clay Studio of Missoula
  • Collective Elevation
  • DoubleTree by Hilton – Missoula Edgewater
  • First Interstate Bank
  • Flippers
  • Fraternal Order of the Eagles
  • Fuel Fitness
  • Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty
  • The Green Light – 11/15-23: Bring 5 cans for 20% off! 
  • Health Options Clinic
  • Horizon Credit Union – All Missoula Locations
  • Karl Tyler Chevrolet
  • Krieg Chiropractic Center
  • Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
  • Lithia Ford of Missoula
  • Lucky’s Market Missoula
  • LumenAd
  • The M Store  – 10lbs of donations or more = 10% off a single item in store
  • Missoula Broadcasting Company
  • Missoula International School
  • Missoula Fresh Markets – All Missoula Locations
  • Missoulian
  • Mountain Broadcasting
  • Murdoch’s Missoula: Matching every 1 lbs to $1, up to $1,000!
  • Natural Health & Wellness
  • Noons: Purchase a $1 pin-up at any Missoula Noon’s location
  • PureWest Real Estate
  • Rattlesnake Elementary
  • Rosauers
  • Roundhouse
  • The Sawyer
  • Sentinel Kiwanis
  • Southgate Mall
  • spectrUM Discovery Area: $1 discount per person at spectrUM’s Discovery Museum with non-perishable donation. 
  • St. Anthony Parish
  • Stewart Title of Missoula
  • Stockman Bank – All Missoula Locations
  • Sussex School
  • Target Range
  • The Peak – All Missoula Locations
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Veteran’s Affairs – Missoula Call Center
  • Walmart – All Missoula Locations
  • WGM Group
  • Whalen Tires
  • Windermere Real Estate
  • The Women’s Club
  • YMCA Missoula

Donation DROP SPOTs at University of Montana:

  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost
  • Adams Center
  • The Corner Store
  • The Market
  • McGill Hall
  • Montana Alumni Association – Brantly Hall
  • UM Foundation
  • Provost Office –  Main Hall
  • The Law School
  • College of Business
  • Curry Health Center
  • Alexander Blewett III School of Law
  • UM Fraternity & Sorority Door-to-Door Food Drive
  • W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation
  • Office for Student Success – Undergraduate Advising Center
  • UM Honors Student Association at Davidson Honors College

Marketing Toolkit

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

Thank you to our partners!


Souper Bowl Kicker



Quarterback Qualifier



Bountiful Blitzer




Razzle-Dazzle Receiver

Thank you to our Grocery Store Food Drive Raffle Sponsors for these amazing prizes!

Donate food or funds during a 2019 Can the Cats Grocery Store Food Drive for a chance to enter our raffle with fun prizes from the following raffle sponsors:

  • Grizzle Sports Properties: Signed GRIZ Jersey
  • Harlequin Organic Produce: 100 lbs of local, organic storage produce
  • The Women’s Club: 1 Month Guest Membership
  • Big Sky Breakout: 4 passes and a sweet t-shirt
  • WestSlope Chapter of Trout Unlimited: Hat, sweatshirt, t-shirt, 2 can cozies, fly box & 1 fly fishing lesson
  • Dog & Bicycle Bakery & Cafe: $20 Gift Certificate, t’shirt, coffee mug
  • Gibson Mansion Bed & Breakfast: $140 Gift Certificate
  • Windermere SUP Cup: Free Registration to the 2020 Windermere SUP Cup
  • The Source Health Club: 1 Month Membership for any new member, waived sign up fee, cafe coupon, coffee cup & headphones

Questions? Looking to get involved? Contact Missoula Food Bank & Community Center Events & Marketing Coordinator Amanda Ceaser at or 406.549.0543, ext. 214.

Thank you for helping us nourish our community!