The Student Government Association’s (SGA) annual Beat Bama Food Drive kicked off Monday, Oct. 10 and will continue through Nov. 21.
Although the rivalry is strong among the two schools, Chelsea Crooks, director of the 2011 Beat Bama Food Drive, urges people to keep in mind the real purpose behind the food drive, which is to fight hunger in our communities.
People interested in donating can make donations in the SGA office, located in the Student Center Suite 3130, or they can drop off non-perishable foods at any one of the barrel locations around campus or in local businesses.
Monetary donations can also be made at www.beatbamafooddrive.com. Each dollar will be converted into pounds of food. $1 equals two pounds of food.
There will also be events held throughout the duration of the food drive to give people other opportunities to donate.
The second annual Beat Bama Food Drive auction took place Friday, Oct. 14 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center from 5-9 p.m. The auction featured footballs signed by Auburn coaches Gene Chizik and Pat Dye.
Last year Auburn won the competition, collecting a hearty 234,116 pounds of food to Alabama’s 218,510 pounds.
“I cannot begin to explain how excited I am for this year's Food Drive,” said Crooks. “Auburn's desire to give back to the community has always impressed and inspired me. I can't wait to see what the Auburn Family is capable of this fall.”
The Committee of 19's Hunger Week is also starting and events are planned for Oct. 10–16 to help fight hunger.
All donations will benefit the East Alabama Food Bank.