A West Alabama Food Bank truck with donation barrels

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger Kicks Off 30th Food Drive

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The 30th annual Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive launches Sept. 29 at The University of Alabama. 

The drive runs through Nov. 16 and results will be announced Nov. 17. UA won last year’s food drive by raising a record 565,983 pounds of food.

A kickoff event will be held on the steps of the state capitol in Montgomery Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. Representatives from UA and Auburn University will be on-hand as Governor Kay Ivey will make donations to both universities.  

The Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive works to raise awareness about food insecurity while collecting donations for the West Alabama Food Bank. According to Feeding America, more than 710,000 Alabamians struggle with food insecurity.

Since its inception in 1994, UA and Auburn have raised more than 8 million pounds of food for Alabamians in need. 

“Food insecurity in Alabama remains a prominent issue with 1 in 7 people being classified as food insecure,” said Rebecca Wilson, president of Beat Auburn Beat Hunger. “Beat Auburn Beat Hunger raises food and monetary donations for the West Alabama Food Bank with each donation helping to feed those in need, who may rely on our drive to feed themselves and their families.”

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger features students with UA’s Center for Service and Leadership competing with the Beat Bama food drive at Auburn. With donation barrels stationed across campus and the city of Tuscaloosa, students, faculty, staff and community members can donate conveniently.

“It is not just our members or campus who aid in our fundraising,” said Wilson. “We rely on the support of our entire community, as well as Crimson Tide fans from across the nation. Please consider supporting BABH, as we seek to fight food insecurity and beat Auburn.”

In addition to collecting canned and nonperishable foods, Beat Auburn Beat Hunger will also accept monetary donations. 

For a list of donation barrel locations and instructions to donate monetarily, visit the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger website

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, bryant.welbourne@ua.edu, 205-348-8325