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Happening Now: 28th Annual Beat Bama Food Drive

Posted by Hanna Selman on November 9, 2021
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28th Annual Beat Bama Food Drive

Every year, Auburn University and the University of Alabama sports fans channel their rivalry for a truly fulfilling cause. And now that we are in the middle of football season, this worthy event benefitting the Food Bank of East Alabama is back. This year, considering giving back by donating to the 28th Annual Beat Bama Food Drive.

About the Annual Beat Bama Food Drive

Twenty-eight years of putting local communities first—that’s the goal of the Annual Beat Bama Food Drive. And, it sure has come up with an ingenious way to do it! Just as the Tigers face off against their foes on the field, fans face off against food insecurity.

This pre-Iron Bowl tradition continues to run strong, thanks to the generous people who share their resources. Fun fact: In 2020, our community donated a whopping 259,160 pounds of food. Let’s see if we can beat that this year!

How does it work?

Essentially, each year, those in the Auburn and Tuscaloosa areas compete to see who can donate the most! Each school donates food collected to its local food bank. The 28th Annual Beat Bama Food Drive is no different.

Participants can drop off food at a variety of locations. Look out for the barrels at these places.

How long do I have to donate?

The event is in full swing, having started on Oct. 1. It still has nine days left. You have until Nov. 18 to donate!

What should I donate?

If you don’t know what you should donate, the Food Bank of East Alabama has provided a list of their most-needed foods. They are:

  • Cereal;
  • Canned veggies and fruit;
  • Boxed mac ‘n’ cheese;
  • Pasta;
  • Peanut butter;
  • Rice; and
  • Canned stew or soup.

Still stuck? Think shelf-stable food!

How else can I help?

Anyone can help this crucial cause! Even if you cannot donate this year, you can always spread the word. Share this blog or tell your friends about the food drive this year!


From fighting against food insecurity to making a happy holiday season possible for everyone, the Food Bank of East Alabama has continued their important mission. If you can, please consider supporting the 28th Annual Beat Bama Food Drive. Thank you—and War Eagle!

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