Angela Whiting


AUBURN -- The sixth annual food fight between Auburn University and the University of Alabama is underway and will continue through Nov. 18.

Each year, Alabama's two major universities compete in the food drive to see who can raise the most pounds of canned and nonperishable food.

Last year, AU collected 26,000 pounds of food, topping Alabama's 19,000 pounds. Martha Faupel, the executive director of the East Alabama Food Bank, said the event promises to continue the friendly rivalry between the two campuses.

"When the competition first started, we set the goal at 500 pounds. Now it has grown immensely and so has the competition," Faupel said.

Alabama has the most wins, but Auburn set the record for the largest amount collected in its 1998 victory.

Students on both campuses get involved with the food fight through various organizations and campus-wide drop off points.

Faupel said the groups that have contributed the most to the food fight at Auburn have been Panhellenic Council, the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine, Housing and Residence Life, the Student Government Association, IMPACT and University Programs Council.

Jimmy Palik, a senior in international business and the assistant treasurer of SGA, says the goal of the SGA is to organize campus groups to get involved in the food fight.

"We just want all the organizations on campus to get involved with this event. There are so many people that benefit from it," he said.

For information about drop-off points or how organizations can get involved, contact Palik at the SGA office at 844-4240.

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CONTACT: Faupel, 334/821-9006.