Each year, the “Brawl of the Wild” clash between the University of Montana Grizzlies and Montana State University Bobcats kicks off the annual holiday food drive in Valier. Pam McFarland, Scott Curry and Wendy Judisch are hoping grid iron fans from both teams will still help “tackle” hunger in the Valier community once again.

McFarland said they are a little late getting the word out this year, but she is confident Valier community members will step up and help their fellow citizens once again.

Judisch has a box set up to accept food donations at Curry’s Market. Cash donations can also be dropped off at the local grocery store to help purchase the items for the holiday food baskets.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, McFarland said she anticipates the need this year will be even greater due to the strain COVID-19 has put on families, individuals and businesses.

Organizers are counting on the generosity of Valier area residents to once again open their hearts and pocketbooks to help those local families who could use a little help putting food on the table this holiday season.

Valier has a long-standing tradition of providing food boxes to local families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. “We’re looking at providing many more food baskets this Thanksgiving and again at Christmas due to the tough times many folks are experiencing,” said McFarland,

Approximately 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items are collected during the annual Cat vs. Griz food challenge. Food items received during the challenge are used for the food baskets or donated to the Valier Food Pantry.

pointing out, for the past several years, the Bobcat fans have won the challenge, donating more non-perishable food items for the holiday food baskets than Griz fans.

After the Cat vs. Griz game, local residents continue to donate to the holiday food baskets by purchasing food at Curry’s Market and placing the food in the donation box.

“We make sure the families have a complete Christmas dinner–turkey, stuffing, potatoes, salad, rolls, butter, pie, even the whip cream–the whole meal,” said McFarland.

Cash donations are accepted at Curry’s and are used to purchase large ticket items like the turkeys or to fill in on items needed that weren’t donated.

“Valier is one of those special places where people take care of their own,” smiled McFarland. “We are blessed. Our residents always rally to help those in need,” she added.

Donations can be mailed to:

Curry’s Market

Attn: Holiday Food Baskets

P.O. Box 7

Valier, MT 59486

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