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Jan 22, 2013 9:45 PM by Cristy Aranguiz - KPAX News

Griz athletes volunteer at Missoula Food Bank

MISSOULA - The Griz women's soccer and track teams left the field to spend an afternoon at the Missoula Food Bank, packing hundreds of non -perishable food items for people in the community who are homeless or at risk.

The food will be distributed this Thursday during Missoula's Project Homeless Connect, a one day, one stop event providing people with core services to help them get out of poverty.

Food Bank Director Jessica Allred said Project Homeless Connect collaborates with over 75 service providers in the city. "Connecting people who are either living in homelessness or at risk of being homeless. We provide resources that might help lift them out of homelessness. We help them avoid slipping into homelessness, and so it's vital to the fabric of our community."

Griz track athlete Stephanie Wells said, "It's nice to give back to the community after they support us throughout our seasons. It's a great feeling afterwards."

The seventh Project Homeless Connect event is Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Missoula.

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