Beat Bama Food Drive collects 259,160 pounds of food

The 27th annual Beat Bama Food Drive concluded on Nov. 19 with 259,160 pounds of food collected to benefit the Food Bank of East Alabama. The total marks the second-highest amount ever raised by Auburn University since the Beat Bama Food Drive began.

In total, Auburn University and the University of Alabama collected a record 550,207 pounds of food, with the University of Alabama’s Beat Auburn Beat Hunger Drive accounting for 291,047 pounds.

“The students who worked on the drive this year are really to be commended given the enormous challenges they faced with the pandemic,” said Martha Henk, executive director of the Food Bank of East Alabama. “Many of the usual plans had to be thrown out, and we are so grateful that they found a way not only to raise 259,160 pounds, but to surpass all but one of the previous food drives. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to impact those struggling with hunger. The food collected is channeled into senior programs, low-income daycares, emergency food pantries, missions and rehabilitation centers that are served by the Food Bank of East Alabama and the West Alabama Food Bank.”

Since 1994, Beat Bama Food Drive has collected more than 3.6 million pounds of food uniting students, faculty, alumni and community members to help fight hunger and food insecurity in East Alabama. This unique competition leverages the rivalry between the schools as they benefit local food banks, the state of Alabama and those facing food insecurity.

The drive would not be possible without sponsors and participating organizations. A special thanks to:

Shipt

Kroger

Lynch Automotive

Southern Oak Properties

Compass BBVA Bank

Maddie’s Cookie Company

Medical Properties Trust

New South Research

For more information about Beat Bama Food Drive, visit http://beatbamafooddrive.com/.

The graphic below was provided by the East Alabama Food Bank: