The University of Montana has a lot of ground to make up between now and Friday, when the donations are weighed for the Can the Bobcats Food Drive. The off-field competition between UM and Montana State University is held annually to see which community can collect the most donations for their local county food banks.

The competition ends on Saturday when the winner will be announced during halftime of the Brawl of the Wild football game between UM and MSU.

“Currently we have collected about 80,000 pounds,” said Missoula Food Bank Community Relations Director Jessica Allred. “To be competitive with MSU, our goal is to gather about 200,000 pounds.”

People are encouraged to donate heavy food items such as potatoes, rice, beans, peanut butter, flour and canned vegetables, fruit and tuna.

Come on 'Cats, let's Can the Griz!

Further information can be found here, Gallatin Valley Food Bank.