BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — We have a big week ahead of us as the LSU and Southern University football teams prepare to go head to head on Saturday. To celebrate this local competition, both schools are kicking off a week full of events, including a food drive.

This week locals take their sides as the two largest universities in Baton Rouge face off.

“It is the first time the two teams have ever played each other in football. I think that’s crazy. I didn’t realize. Like, how have we been this close and never done it?” asked LSU Student Body President Lizzie Shaw.

In honor of this historic event, LSU and SU are hosting the “Sidelining Hunger Canned Food Drive Challenge.”

“This is the first time the two teams are meeting on the field. It’s also a great opportunity for these two flagship universities within Baton Rouge to be able to work together when it comes to supporting the Baton Rouge area,” Shaw said.

This event also correlates with Hunger Action Month in September.

“We were trying to think of things that would benefit the greater community around us since that is the theme of the week, and we decided that the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank was a great opportunity to start,” she said.

Not only is this a great cause, but there’s also a little friendly competition going on between the Tigers and the Jags. Anybody can make a donation.

“The Student Union and the university recreation complex are both accessible without having to enter the inner gates of campus. So even if it’s a busy class day, you can go to one of those two locations, drop them off, head out on your way,” said Shaw.

Although the two teams will compete against each other, it’s all about uniting the city.

“I know that there are some organizations that are offering incentives for up to 20 to 40 cans. So we’re really optimistic for what this could turn out to be,” she said.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off canned goods to the student unions of each school. Donations will be collected until Friday, Sept. 9.