TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The annual Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food and fund drive kicks off Thursday, Oct. 1, at The University of Alabama.
The drive runs through Nov. 19. Results will be announced Nov. 20.
This year’s event will look different due to COVID-19, with the on-campus drive focusing solely on collecting funds. Student organizers will be handing out information at the Ferguson Center on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. for the scaled back kick-off event.
During the drive, students with UA’s Center for Service and Leadership compete with the Beat Bama food drive at Auburn University. Together they’ve raised more than 7 million pounds of food over the past 26 years. UA has won the competition for three years in a row, last year collecting 278,788 pounds of food.
Although food barrels will not be on campus this year, they will be placed throughout Tuscaloosa. Organizers are working with off-campus partners to determine barrel placement and will announce that information on their social media accounts once available.
All food and monetary donations benefit the West Alabama Food Bank, which services nine counties, including Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa. The food is distributed by nonprofit agencies. All of Auburn’s donations go to the East Alabama Food Bank.
For more information, contact Jenny Keogh, vice president of marketing for Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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