How much does Bama have? Auburn doesn’t know—the two schools aren’t in the habit of sharing their totals until it’s over. But donations to the Auburn SGA’s annual Beat Bama Food Drive are so down this year, they want—they need—people to know: With just three days left, Auburn is almost certainly losing—losing bad.
“We’re in serious need of donations,” says fund drive director Chelsea Crooks. “From what the (East Alabama Food Bank) tells us, donations haven’t been as low at this point in the last five years or so. They’re very low.”
Why, in its 18th year, is Auburn in the biggest hole in the recent history of the competition?
One theory blames a certain quarterback who just had to leave early for the NFL.
“Well, we don’t have a national championship season this season, so school spirit maybe isn’t as high,” Crooks says.
Last year, Auburn ended a three-year losing streak by raising 234,116 pounds of food—nearly than 16,000 pounds more than Bama.
A change in the incentives for student—and especially Greek—participation may also be effecting donations.
“One thing on campus that has changed is our Spirit Point system,” Crooks says. “We’ve gotten a smaller response this year from groups that participate in that system.”
Crook says the effect the Spirit Point system’s restructuring had on the food drive was unexpected, but she isn’t casting blame.
“Every year is different,” she says. “Some years everything comes together, some years they don’t.”
She’s holding out hope that 2011 can still be counted as one of the year’s where everything does come together.
“We need the entire Auburn Family ‘All In’ to ensure that we not only beat Bama, but also hunger.”
Food collected by Auburn’s SGA is donated to the Food Bank of East Alabama.
To donate to the Beat Bama Food Drive—$1 buys two pounds of food—go here and click “Donate Now.”
The drive ends Monday.
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