Posted: Dec 17, 2012 11:32 AM
BIG SKY - Fresh snow and a good cause drew skiers and snowboarders to Moonlight Basin on Friday for the resort's 6th annual Turkey for a Ticket food drive, which benefits area food banks.
The resort collected a record number of donations. In all, 37,895 pounds of food was collected, including 1,120 turkeys. That is more than double what the resort collected last year when 18,001 pounds of food, including 576 turkeys, were brought in by the drive.
The food drive, which offers a free lift ticket to anyone who brings a turkey or 20 cans of food to Moonlight Basin, benefits three Montana food banks in Gallatin and Madison counties. It is the largest one-day event for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.
At least 4,000 pounds of the food collected is designated for the newly-opened Big Sky Food Pantry, a satellite of the Gallatin Valley Food Bank in Big Sky.
More than 900 pounds will be distributed to the food bank in Ennis.