Beat Auburn Beat Hunger sets new donation record

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jacyn Abbott

While the University of Alabama and Auburn University are going head-to-head in the Iron Bowl Saturday, the schools have been battling off the field for the past eight weeks.

The Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive has created a friendly collegiate rivalry for nearly three decades, and it’s all for a good cause. Donations go toward each school’s local food pantry.

While Auburn bested the Crimson Tide this year, Alabama still set a new record. Last year, the schools raised more than 550,207 pounds of food. This year, their total was more than 671,826 pounds. Alabama collected 319,437 pounds, and Auburn collected 352,389 pounds.

“I’m so proud,” said Beat Auburn Beat Hunger President Olivia Hannum. “If we had to lose, this was the thing to lose. To say that we have set a new record, I’m super proud of our team and Auburn’s team.”

Alabama’s donations are heading to the West Alabama Food Bank, and Auburn’s are destined for the Food Bank of East Alabama.

“You know when a community comes together to take care of their neighbors who are in need, how can you go wrong?” said West Alabama Food Bank Executive Director Jean Rykaczewski. “It just touches your heart to know that so many people are willing to help us and to help your fellow neighbor who is experiencing hardship.”

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