Monday, October 11, 2010

Beat Bama Food Drive

Image source:  Student Government Association, Auburn University

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

The annual Beat Bama Food Drive kicks off today!  The event is a friendly competition between Auburn University, the University of Alabama, and the East Alabama and West Alabama Food Banks.  At Auburn, the event is sponsored by the Student Government Association; at Alabama, by the Community Service Center.

The Beat Bama Food Drive reports the present need and distribution of the food collected:

  • 1 in 5 food pantries in America are having to turn the hungry away due to a lack of supplies
  • Demand for food is up 27% and donations are down 50%
  • Alabama's state funding cuts will cause more people to depend on donated food
  • The approaching holiday season adds to the urgency of this need
  • Donated food is channeled to:
    • emergency food pantries
    • welfare to Work Families
    • the homeless
    • the mentally ill
    • disaster victims
    • mission and rehab centers
    • low income day care and Senior centers

Auburn has won 9 of the past 14 food drives.  However, Alabama has won the last 3, with Auburn's last victory in 2006.

The winner of the drive will be announced at the Iron Bowl game.

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