Beat Bama Food Drive collects 352,389 pounds of food to Beat Alabama in the 2021 Food Drive

Beat Bama Food Drive breaks competition record with 352,389 pounds of food collected

 

The 28th annual Beat Bama Food Drive concluded on Nov. 18 with a record-breaking 352,389 pounds of food collected to benefit the Food Bank of East Alabama. This is the highest total ever raised by both universities with the previous record belonging to the University of Alabama in 2018 with 309,194 pounds.

In total, Auburn University and the University of Alabama collected a record 671,826 pounds of food, with the University of Alabama’s Beat Auburn Beat Hunger Drive accounting for 319,437 pounds.

“This was definitely one of the best teams we’ve worked with over the past 28 years,” Martha Henk, executive director of the Food Bank of East Alabama said. “It is not an overstatement to say that this food drive determines whether some families will have holiday meals and have adequate food for their families beyond the holiday season. The food raised by Beat Bama Food Drive equates to more than 271,000 meals!”

According to Henk, the food collected is distributed into senior programs, low-income daycares, emergency food pantries, and 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 4 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.

“This is the largest food drive our food bank has ever experienced,” Henk said. “While it’s great to come out on top of this competition, the truth is that the real winners of the competition are the food insecure families fed through the food bank network.”

Beat Bama Food Drive would like to especially thank the following sponsors who made the food drive possible:

  • AuburnBank
  • Shipt
  • Gin Jager Studio
  • New South Research
  • Kroger
  • Lynch Toyota of Auburn

For more information on Beat Bama Food Drive, click here.

 

Dance Marathon raises $273,382.22 for Children’s Miracle Network

AUDM raises over $273,000 for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital 

Auburn University Dance Marathon, or AUDM, is a year-long initiative that raises money and awareness for patients at the Children’s Hospital at Piedmont Columbus Regional in Columbus, Georgia. At AUDM’s Main Event on Saturday, Feb. 12, it was announced $273,328.22 was raised.

 

Throughout the year’s fundraising efforts, all efforts lead up to the annual end of year celebration, Main Event, which is the final fundraising push of the year.

 

During Main Event, students stay on their feet for 12 hours raising money and awareness for their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. This event is a non-stop party that includes performances, activities and dancing alongside staff, participants and miracle families. At the end of the night, AUDM reveals their final total for the year.

 

“Main event is always my favorite day of the year,” Director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Caroline Soule said. “This year was extra special because we were back in person and got to celebrate our year of hard work all together. Getting to play with the miracle families all day and hear their miracle stories reminds me why I love this organization so much.”

 

Funds are raised by students through Facebook fundraisers, direct solicited donations and local and corporate sponsorships.

 

In AUDM’s 11th year, students have raised over $3.6 million to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.