The rivalry is more than just athletics, sometimes it can even involve a food drive.
The Beat Bama Food Drive is currently recruiting staff for the 2013 competition. The food drive is an annual, friendly competition between Auburn University and the University of Alabama to raise monetary donations and nonperishable food items for local food banks. Auburn has won the competition 11 times since 1994, including last year. Auburn raised 273, 650 pounds of food in 2012.
The 2013 food drive will be held Oct. 8 through Nov. 19.
Leanna Barker, junior in biomedical sciences, is the current president of the Beat Bama Food Drive. She said the organization has taught her more than she could have imagined. " I have learned so much about the issue of food insecurity, in our area especially," she said. "More than 15 percent of Alabama residents live in poverty. It has taught me that the little things in life that you don't always think of, like a hot meal, should never be taken for granted because there are so many people out there that are less fortunate."
Barker is also thankful for the chance to serve as president, and the opportunities the organization has provided her. "This organization has made me grow so much as a person. Over the past year this organization has blessed me with so much. I have always had a love and a passion for giving back to my school and our community, and through this organization I have been able to do that," she said.
The organization is looking for team players dedicated to raising awareness of the cause with a desire to support the university, community and East Alabama Food Bank.
However, certain qualifications must be met before a student can apply. Students must be enrolled as a full-time student, maintain a 2.5 GPA and be available for weekly or bimonthly meetings.
All students are encouraged to participate, either by being on staff or as a volunteer. Students interested in volunteering can do so during the fall semester, but students interested in applying to be on staff can find the application by logging on to AU Involve and selecting the Beat Bama Food Drive organization page. Applications are due March 8 in the Office of Student Involvement located in the Student Center, suite 3130. Interviews will be held March 20-21.
For more information on the organization and food drive, click here.