Boston University Students Spending Spring Break in Sunny Montana

Boston University’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program has sent 15 students to Missoula this week, not to work on their tans, but to work on ending hunger in Montana.

These student volunteers will be working at the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) from March 11th-15th. On Friday, March 15th, from 9:30am-3pm, the students will head to Southgate Mall in Missoula, where they will be helping MFBN build a structure out of food, as a preview for Canstruction.

Canstruction is a design and build competition where teams paired with architects and designers build structures out of full cans of food. When the structures come down, the food goes to MFBN and then out for statewide distribution.  MMW Architects worked with MFBN and designed the structure that will serve as this year’s preview.

The main Canstruction event will be held the following week at Southgate Mall March 22nd-28th.

“We are so excited to build a structure this year,” said Gayle Gifford, CEO of Montana Food Bank Network. “It is so nice to have the students from Boston University help us create our first structure. This will be fun.”

Boston University’s (BU) ASB program was established in 1988 through the BU Community Service Center. It is a way for students to spend their Spring Break participating in volunteer work throughout the country addressing issues like environmental protection, affordable housing, hunger, education and HIV/AIDS awareness. For more information on this program visit

The Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) became involved with ASB in 2010 and was the first ASB site in Montana when they hosted 14 volunteers from this program in 2011.

“This is such a great group of volunteers,” said Jeff Gutierrez, Agency Relations Manager at MFBN. “Everyone who works with them raves about their enthusiasm and work ethic. We are really excited and thankful to have them back.”

For more information, please visit or call (800)809-4752 x225

The Montana Food Bank Network, located at 5625 Expressway, secures and distributes donated and low cost food and grocery products annually to nearly 200 hunger relief agencies throughout Montana. The Network works to meet the immediate need for food while advocating at the local, state, and national level for policy changes to help eliminate hunger and food insecurity in Montana.  The Montana Food Bank Network is a member of Feeding America.  For more information about the Montana Food Bank Network please visit (800) 809-4752 ext. 225