Friday, April 20, 2018

Cat-Griz Food Drive has arrived

Every November brings with it the chance for Stillwater County schools to show their support for either the Montana State Bobcat or the University of Montana Grizzly football team while helping Project Hope make sure there is plenty of food to fill Thanksgiving boxes.
The annual ‘Cat-Griz food drive kicks off Monday, Nov. 14, with Columbus, Absarokee and Rapelje schools participating for certain.
A Bobcat collection box and a Grizzly collection box will be at all participating schools for kids and staff to fill during the week. The box with the most donations at each location will be declared the winner.
For the last three consecutive years Stillwater has been Cat country at Columbus, Reed Point and Rapelje. The Grizzlies were successful at Park City and there was a tie at Absarokee.
In all, approximately 3,400 pounds of food was donated to Project Hope during the week last year with the majority of that being generated by the schools. Columbus Elementary set the bar high, accounting for 1,000 pounds of that total. The food was enough to fill the 85 to 95 Thanksgiving boxes that Project Hope gives out.

This marks the 17th year the food drive contest between MSU and UM has preceded the yearly Cat - Griz football game, which will played Saturday, Nov. 19, in Missoula.
All donated food items go to food banks in Bozeman and Missoula. It’s a competition the Bobcats routinely win.

A food drive victory may be the only win the Bobcats can manage this year, with an 0-6 conference record and a 2-7 overall record, which puts them at the bottom of the Big Sky Conference standings. The Grizzlies are seventh among the 13 teams, with a 3-3 conference record and a 6-3 overall record.
North Dakota and Eastern Washington remain unbeaten, with conference records of 7-0 and 6-0 respectively.