MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - An Iron Bowl event of sorts between Alabama and Auburn is to close soon. It's an annual food drive the two schools compete in for a good cause.
Alabama calls it the "Beat Auburn Food Drive" while Auburn calls it the "Beat Bama Food Drive." Either way, both schools are winners as the donations collected go to the local food banks.
The University of Alabama has held its food drive every year since 1994, and it's a six-week event. According to the university's web page on the drive, the university raised a total of over 150,000 pounds of food during the 2016 period. Alabama's food drive will close Wednesday.
According to Auburn's web page on its drive, it began Oct. 1, and will end Wednesday. On its page, a mission statement is listed that reads: "The mission of Beat Bama Food Drive is to act on our belief in the basic human rights of adequate nutrition, by providing ongoing support to the Food Bank of East Alabama through raising awareness, educating a unified Auburn community, creating fundraising opportunities and collecting donations to actively fight food insecurity in East Alabama."
According to the University of Alabama, since the two schools began the friendly competition, both schools have combined to raise 5.5 billion pounds of food for Alabamians in relief.