Auburn, Ala. (EETV) -  Auburn University and The University of Alabama students are anticipating the Iron Bowl but in the meantime, each campus is taking part in an annual fundraiser to help those suffering from food insecurity in the state of Alabama. 

The campus-wide food drive, called the Beat Bama Food Drive at Auburn University or the Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger food drive at the University of Alabama, encourages students to engage in healthy competition while collecting food for the East and West Alabama Food Banks.

According to the Beat Bama Food Drive’s website, over 27,000 individuals in Lee County suffer from food security but over the last 23 years, the drive has delivered 5.5 million pounds of food to families in need around the state. 

Students are encouraged to donate canned goods in any of the orange and blue bins around campus. Monetary donations can be submitted through the Beat Bama Food Drive’s website, The food drive began October 1st and will last until November 15th. The winner will be announced at the Iron Bowl on November 25th of this year.