AUBURN, Ala. - With the 2016 softball season just days away, the Tigers are quickly preparing for the tough competition, but they're also looking to oust another tough foe this season; hunger.
All this season at Jane B. Moore Field, the Auburn softball team will be hosting a food drive to support the community and the Food Bank of East Alabama. Each person who brings a nonperishable food donation to any Auburn Softball home game will receive a $1 beverage coupon to use at the concession stands at Jane B. Moore Field.
Each month, the Food Bank distributes more than 375,000 pounds of food to a network of over 200 nonprofit partner agencies that provide food for families and individuals in need.
Donated food is channeled into the senior programs, soup kitchens, low-income day cares, emergency food pantries, missions, and rehabilitation centers that are served by the Food Bank.
The Auburn-Opelika community has been extremely supportive of the Auburn Softball program and the Tigers are looking to give back to the fans and community that have given so much to it.
As fans come to Jane B. Moore Field for an Auburn Softball game, they will find donation barrels right inside the entrances. Event personnel will verify acceptable donations and give one beverage coupon per donating fan. The coupon is only valid for that game.
The most needed items are: peanut butter, canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned and boxed meals, canned or dried beans, pasta, rice, cereal or fruit juice.
Items that will not be accepted are rusty or unlabeled cans, items in glass containers, baby food or formula, homemade items, non-commercial canned or packaged items, alcoholic beverages or open or used items.
For more information on Auburn's "Strike Out Hunger" Campaign or information about the Food Bank of East Alabama, fans can visit Auburn Softball's Gameday Guide page on AuburnTigers.com or FoodBankOfEastAlabama.com.
The 2016 season opener for the Auburn Tigers is scheduled for Feb. 11 against Appalachian State. That game's first pitch will be at 6 p.m. at Jane B. Moore Field and can be seen on SEC Network+.