October 03, 2012

Express Oil Change fights hunger, participates in Alabama-Auburn Food Fight

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)—Each year, the rivalry between University of Alabama and Auburn University grows. Since 1994, the schools have fueled the fire by going head to head in the annual Alabama-Auburn Food Fight, which motivates fans across the state to support their individual school by contributing to each university’s respective food drive to see who can collect the most donations.

This year, Birmingham-headquartered Express Oil Change & Service Center will lend a hand in the annual food drive competition by hosting two bins—one for Alabama and one for Auburn—at each of their 91 locations throughout the state. Contributors will vote for the school they want to win by placing their donations in the appropriate bin. Donations for Alabama’s “Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger” drive will go directly to the West Alabama Food Bank and those placed in the Auburn bin will go directly to the East Alabama Food Bank. The food drive runs from Oct. 8 through Nov. 10. The winner will be announced at the annual Iron Bowl on Nov. 24.

“We are honored to take part in this year’s Alabama-Auburn Food Fight to support the schools and most importantly those in the area suffering from hunger,” says Josh Henderson, senior vice president of marketing at Express Oil Change. “Having opened the very first Express Oil Change & Service Center in Birmingham in 1979 and growing to nearly 100 locations throughout the state, we have deep roots in Alabama and are dedicated to supporting our community any way we can. We are happy to use our stores as drop off points for non-perishable foods to help those in need around us. It will be exciting to see which school’s fan base gives the most!”

Birmingham, Ala.-based Express Oil Change & Service Center is one of the top three largest independently-owned quick-lube chains in the nation with more than 185 stores in 12 states. In the last five years alone, Express Oil Change has opened nearly 30 stores, with 15 additional locations expected to open by the end of 2012 and plans to increase those numbers in coming years toward a goal of reaching 250 locations nationwide in five years. Centers offer a 10-minute, full-service drive-through oil change that includes a 20-point courtesy vehicle inspection and fluid top-offs while the customer waits in his or her vehicle. For more information, visit www.expressoil.com.

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