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Billings radio DJs kick off 30th annual food drive, ‘Flakesgiving’

Posted at 6:36 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:03-04

BILLINGS – Every year, “Flakesgiving” draws dozens together to help feed thousands for the Thanksgiving holiday in Billings.

It’s the annual tradition put on by Mark Wilson & Paul Mushaben, better known as the Cat Country radio station’s “Breakfast Flakes,” and Friday was the 30th annual Flakesgiving at MetraPark.

Flakesgiving is an annual event created to help make a meaningful, positive impact in Billings, for the holidays, according to Wilson and Mushaben.

Through donations made to the Breakfast Flakes show, Wilson and Mushaben go out and buy food for the event.

“Let your conscience be your guide. If you need a meal, come get one” said Wilson. 

“Some families are going through a rough time. It could be a family where mom and dad are working or you had a medical emergency this year or something catastrophic or you just don’t have the money. This is one meal you know for all we are doing here, it’s one meal one day, we want families to be together. I think our generation does a better job of teaching kids to do more and give back to the community and people who aren’t doing as well as they are,” Wilson said.

This year, they raised close to $37,000.

Dozens of volunteers were are the Metra Friday to load food in boxes.

There are about 1,500 boxes of food. Each feeds seven to 10 people.

Flakesgiving feeds about 10,000 people each year.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, volunteers will be back at MetraPark, loading and delivering boxes of food to families who cannot pick them up.

With no questions asked, anyone can get all of the ingredients to make a homemade Thanksgiving meal.