Every year during football season, Auburn students donate to the Beat Bama Food Drive. Donations are given to the East Alabama Food Bank to help fight hunger and give food to people in need.
The goal is seemingly to beat the University of Alabama in donations, but Auburn students are ultimately beating hunger. It's a great cause that is also motivated by the competitive nature that is so prevalent during football students.
Melanie Smith, a sophomore, is currently the director of the food drive. She applied for the position last year because of her passion with the war on hunger. "Getting involved with the Beat Bama Food Drive would encompass all that I was looking for: SGA involvement, giving back to Auburn, and helping fight the war on hunger," Smith said.
As a director, Smith had many responsibilities including planning and organizing all events involved with the food drive such as the Beat Bama Food Drive Pep Rally. "I knew that I was going to put my time and effort into this position," she said. "I wanted it to be for a great local cause."
With the Beat Bama Food Drive going into its 18th year, Auburn is looking for another consecutive win from last year. So far, Auburn has won half of these food fights.
Auburn raised 234,116 lbs of food beating Bama by 16,000 lbs and their previous year's donation by 70,082 lbs.
The East Alabama Food Bank is extremely grateful for all the donations, but to them, it's not just about winning a competition; it's about feeding hungry families in need. "Our food drive benefits the food bank at a very crucial time because our donations help to feed families during Thanksgiving and Christmas," Smith said. "Because of the food drive, the Auburn Family was able to feed 30,000 families a Thanksgiving Dinner."
The Beat Bama Food Drive is one of the largest drives that benefits the food bank and it's safe to say that they see a significant increase in donations. Smith added, "A lot of students bring in food to beat Bama, but we have a lot of campus wide and community participation in the food drive whose main purpose is to give back to the Auburn community."
With such an easy way to get involved for a good cause, students are always willing to help out. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Auburn family can beat Bama at just one more thing.