Beat Bama Food Drive kicks off Friday
Auburn University Beat Bama Food Drive, an annual student-led effort to fight food insecurity, begins Friday, Sept. 30, with Gov. Kay Ivey kicking off the event in Montgomery alongside student leaders from Auburn and the University of Alabama.
Since 1994, the Beat Bama Food Drive and the Food Bank of East Alabama have united students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to help fight hunger and food insecurity in east Alabama by challenging the University of Alabama and the West Alabama Food Bank to an annual competition collecting non-perishable food for those in need. The good-natured competition has made an impact that reaches far beyond the campuses where it began.
Through Nov. 17, non-perishable food items can be donated at any of the collection barrels on campus or throughout the Auburn community. All physical and monetary donations accepted during the drive will be counted toward the total poundage with $1 equaling two pounds of food. Each dollar donated can provide seven meals for a community member experiencing food insecurity.
Last year, 352,389 pounds of food for the Food Bank of East Alabama was collected through the drive. Combined with Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, the student-run food drive sponsored by the University of Alabama, more than 600,000 pounds of food to fight food insecurity in our state.