TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama finished the 2018 Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger food drive by collecting 309,194 pounds of food. The result was more than 40,000 pounds over the 2017 total of 260,453.
The Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger food drive and the Beat Bama food drive have collected more than 3 million pounds of nonperishable food for needy families in Alabama. This year’s drive ran from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.
This year, Auburn University’s Beat Bama drive raised 255,196 pounds.
All food and money collected from the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive will go to the West Alabama Food Bank. The food bank works with nine counties in West Alabama, serving a population of more than 315,000 residents.
More than 1,000 students volunteer annually at the West Alabama Food Bank, said Courtney Chapman Thomas, director of UA’s Center for Service and Leadership.
At The University of Alabama, the Center for Service and Leadership strives to enhance the student experience through active and diverse engagement opportunities in the community. These meaningful and experiential learning opportunities provide students the ability to enhance their leadership skills while becoming active, global citizens. The center is built upon the foundation that service is transformational for both individuals and communities.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.