GRIZ: 421,859.44
213,438.25 LBS + $208,421.19

BOBCATS: 437,265
206,550 LBS + $230,095.89

We are overwhelmed with the donations that came in over the past two weeks for our local food bank & we beat our goal!! Together, we collected $208,421.19 and 213,438.25 LBS of food for a total of 421,859.44!! Every year, our totals get bigger & bigger to help those struggling with hunger in our community and we are incredibly grateful. Though our friends in Bozeman won the food drive with a total of 437,265, in this competition we all win! Thank you, thank you for helping us nourish our community!! #canthecats #gogriz #wenourishcommunity #healthyfoodforall

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
  • onX Maps
  • PureWest Real Estate
  • Rattlesnake Elementary
  • Rosauers
  • Roundhouse
  • The Sawyer
  • Sentinel Kiwanis
  • Silver Slipper
  • 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
  • UM Food Pantry
  • 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!

UPDATE ALERT! Donate online HERE on Friday, Nov. 22nd to be entered to win the GRIZ Jersey signed by the entire coaching staff!

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
  • Dixon Adventures: 2 hours fly fishing lesson including fly tying, casting, stream patterns and more

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!