Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger Launches 25th Anniversary Drive

  • September 26th, 2018

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The 25th annual Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger food drive kicks off Monday, Oct. 1, at The University of Alabama and will run through Nov. 15.

The drive collects food donations for the West Alabama Food Bank. The campus kickoff will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Plaza.

During the food drive, students with UA’s Center for Service and Leadership compete with the Beat Bama food drive at Auburn University; collectively, they’ve raised about 6 million pounds of food over the past 25 years.

At 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, representatives from the UA and Auburn food drives, along with each school’s cheerleaders, mascots and SGA presidents, will gather with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on the front steps of the Capitol in Montgomery to mark the 25th anniversary of the competition. For details, contact Richard LeComte at 205-348-3782 or

In 2017, Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger collected 260,453 pounds of food. This year’s drive will culminate in an announcement of totals Friday, Nov. 16, at the West Alabama Food Bank.

Each year, students provide empowering and resilient leadership in organizing events, gathering food from locations on and off campus and providing publicity.

“We have had a lot of success recruiting students to be on staff this year, and we expect about 150 students to be involved,” said Olivia Van Praag, team leader and a UA student. “This should increase our reach on campus and in the community allowing us to help both the West Alabama Food Bank and hopefully beat Auburn.”

Monetary donations also are accepted; $1 equals 2 pounds of food. Beginning Oct. 1, the following website will become active, and donations will be accepted:

Events tied to Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger include:

MOOYAH Percentage Night: 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct., 3, 1130 University Blvd.

Panera Bread Percentage Night: 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 1800 McFarland Blvd. East.

Panda Express Percentage Night: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 636 15th St. East.

Jason’s Deli Percentage Night, 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2300 McFarland Blvd East.

Chipotle Percentage Night: 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1203 University Blvd.

Hunger Banquet: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17, Ferguson Center Ballroom.

In addition, more events will be added for Hammer Out Hunger Week, Nov. 5-9.

For more information, contact Richard LeComte, UA communications, at or 205-348-3782; or Jeannie Wise, marketing coordinator, at


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Richard LeComte, UA communications,, 205-348-3782

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