The mayors of Opelika and Auburn both already have written letters to the editor that were published in support of the 2018 Beat Bama Food Drive.
Their call for local participation bears repeating, as despite a vibrant economy and a perception by many that there is plenty for all, too many in our region for various reasons continue to face hunger.
There are thousands in east Alabama struggling to acquire adequate food for their families.
More than 68,500 people are identified as food insecure in Lee County and the six counties surrounding Lee County.
The Food Bank of East Alabama is working to help battle the problem.
In Lee County alone, 18 percent of the population (27,640 people) is food insecure. Included are more than 18,800 children and 5,750 seniors, and many families in households with at least one working adult.
Through its support of more than 200 food pantries, the Community Market, soup kitchens, group homes, shelters, and various other programs, the Food Bank is critical in the fight against hunger in our area.
The Food Bank serves each month an average of 33,290 people in its seven-county service area. It is a non-profit organization that depends on the generosity of the public through food drives as well as the support of grocery stores, the Walmart Distribution Center, and other companies in our area.
The Beat Bama Food Drive is one of the most important efforts and food drives of the year, and donations are greatly needed not just for the friendly competition with a similar ongoing drive at the University of Alabama, but for the greater purpose of providing food to those who need it.
Donation barrels are located throughout Lee County, but donors also may contact the Food Bank for further instruction on how to help.
The Food Bank of East Alabama is located at 375 Industry Drive in Auburn and can be reached by phone at 334-821-9006.