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Dufner returns to Auburn to fight hunger

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The Internet sensation "Dufnering" photo. The Internet sensation "Dufnering" photo.
AUBURN, Ala. -

One of Auburn's most successful athletes came back to the Plains Tuesday morning to help kids in Auburn. Golfer Jason Dufner and his wife are trying to battle hunger in Lee County.

There is no doubt that Jason Dufner loves his alma mater Auburn. Weeks after he competed at the Masters in Augusta, he met with kids in Auburn and helped pack bags of food for the Blessings in a Backpack program. He says he always looks forward to one thing in Auburn.

 "Just my bed," said Dufner. "We travel a lot. So, those beds can be pretty unpredictable and uncomfortable. You don't have to worry about too much going on in Auburn. I think it is a really neat and special place, and a great place to raise a family."

Dufner says it is important that his charity work benefits people at home in Auburn. He teams up with Auburn and Blessings in a Backpack to help feed kids on weekends.

The bags go to kids that are already on free and reduced lunch programs. The teachers say they already see a difference. Their kids come back with more energy on Mondays.

One Auburn student who volunteers to pack the bags says it opened her eyes to the hunger problem in the area.

 "Lee County has a really high poverty level," said Auburn University senior Emily Scammell. "You would be surprised about how many people are suffering from food insecurity and who really needs the food from one week to the next."

Dufner and his wife Amanda did meet with some Yarbourough Elementary students. One child asked about the internet sensation called 'Dufnering' where a picture of Dufner went viral.

"Did you try to come up with the Dufnering thing?," the student asked.

"That is pretty easy to do for me," said the golfer after a laugh. "My wife sees me Dufnering on a pretty regular basis at home."

There are two places that feel like home for Dufner: a golf course, and Auburn.

The Blessings in a Backpack program is done at Yarborough elementary in Auburn and Carver Primary school in Opelika. Organizers say they hope to expand it to other schools next school year.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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