Beat Bama Food Drive kicks off Oct. 11 to mark start of Hunger Awareness Week at Auburn University

AUBURN – The Committee of 19, Auburn University’s leadership team for the War on Hunger, has designated Oct. 11-16 as Hunger Awareness Week at Auburn University.

This annual weeklong event highlights the plight of the one billion chronically hungry people throughout the developing world and draws attention to the needs of individuals and families in the local community through events sponsored by various colleges and schools at Auburn. For the complete schedule of Hunger Week activities, go to

Events begin Monday, Oct. 11, at 1:45 p.m. with the kickoff of the Student Government Association’s 17th annual Beat Bama Food Drive at the Athletic Complex. The Auburn women’s basketball coach, Nell Fortner, will be the guest speaker. Auburn’s SGA invites donations and support to feed the hungry and also to Beat Bama.

The public is encouraged to help Beat Bama in this friendly competition and to help the needy in our community by contributing to the Food Drive. Donations can be made online at Last year, Auburn collected 164,034 pounds of food. Auburn has won nine of the last 16 food drives.

The SGA accepts non-perishable food or monetary donations. Donations can be made at the SGA office, through the online site and also at the East Alabama Food Bank at 375 Industry Drive. To arrange a pickup, call the Food Bank at (334) 821-9006 or e-mail Melanie Smith at For more information about the Beat Bama Food Drive, contact Melanie Smith at (205) 515-0724 or

Hunger Awareness Week ends on Saturday, Oct. 16, on World Food Day. Committee of 19 representatives will be recognized on the football field at halftime during the Auburn vs. Arkansas football game.

The Committee of 19 derived its name from the daily cost of feeding a hungry school child in the developing world – formerly 19 cents, but now 25 cents per day.

Every school and college on campus is represented as well as many student organizations such as the University Program Council, the Student Government Association, the Black Student Union and the International Student Organization.

The Committee of 19 focuses on creating awareness about hunger and hunger-related issues by organizing creative and unique events, such as a 60-mile march from campus to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery. The Committee is also actively involved in fighting hunger locally by volunteering weekly at food pantries and collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank.

Contact: Clark Solomon, (205) 242.4747 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (