Beat Auburn Beat Hunger kicks off at University of Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Students at Alabama and Auburn are using the in-state rivalry to benefit a good cause.

The annual food drive contest between the University of Alabama and Auburn University officially got underway Monday morning in Tuscaloosa at the Ferguson Center.  UA student and organizer Courtney Charland is new to the fierce rivalry, but says it is a worthwhile cause.

“So being a part of this new rivalry and being something way bigger than any of us students is great. So in the state of Alabama you are either an Alabama fan or Auburn fan, and it is nice to see we are using this for the community to help them,” Charland said.

The kick off starts a month-long campaign to benefit local food banks in the spirit of the in-state rivalry. The goal is to collect 140,000 pounds of food. The annual drive ahead of the Iron Bowl collects nonperishable food and monetary donations for the Food Bank of East Alabama in Auburn and for the West Alabama food bank in Northport.

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