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Congratulations to the MSU Bobcats on their victory in the Brawl of the Wild. Competition can bring out the best in many of us and this is exactly what happened with our football team and in the Can the Griz Food Drive. The Gallatin Valley Food Bank (GVFB), a program of the HRDC, received a record amount, 389,093 pounds of food and financial donations this year. This was literally an outpouring of support and another record breaking food drive. It was difficult not to get emotional at seeing our community pull together to support those struggling to feed themselves and their families.

Seeing the management team of Ressler pull in to the food bank with three trucks and a trailer unloading food before they moved on to Dave Ressler’s memorial was particularly poignant. Watching the youth of our schools, jumping up and down, unloading food, and then trying to guess how many people they were going to help with their donations was a powerful and hopeful sight.

The MSU Office of Student Engagement, the organizers of this tremendous effort, worked tirelessly side by side with the food bank staff for two weeks, recruiting college students to get involved in their community and working more food drives than I can count. The GVFB relies almost completely on community donations and this food drive, thanks to so many, will help sustain us well into the spring months. So even though the Grizzlies squeaked out another 4,985 pounds of food than we did, we know that per capita our community is more generous and we couldn’t be more grateful for what you have done.

Jill Holder

Gallatin County Food Bank


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