This story may change your opinion of Augusta National...

Augusta National

Hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of words have been written about Augusta National Golf Club down the years... and not all of them complimentary. 

This tale, however, might just change your opinion of The Masters host venue for the better.

Following the coronavirus-enforced postponement of last month's tournament, Augusta National officials were left with a surplus of food. More than 2,000 pounds worth of the stuff, to be exact.

Rather than let it all go to waste, the Green Jackets donated it all - including 50,000 bags of potato chips - to a local food bank.

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According to the Augusta Chronicle, the club delivered the unused concession stand items to the Golden Harvest Food Bank on Wednesday. It is now being used at soup kitchens as well as for emergency meals throughout the community.

Food bank director Amy Breitmann told the newspaper: "It's particularly encouraging to see the Augusta National, their creativity with their resources, and using the concession items from the postponed Masters Tournament to give to us and pass on to those we serve.

Masters Food

"It really is such a special tradition, and to give some of those people that we serve some of that experience is really priceless.''

As well as the food, Augusta National has also made a financial contribution to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund that will provide nearly 200,000 meals for families struggling with hunger.

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Food at The Masters is famously inexpensive by large event standards, with a bag of crisps retailing for $1. All food and drink sold within the grounds at Augusta National is also logo-free, featuring bespoke Masters packaging. 

The rescheduled 2020 Masters Tournament is set to take place at Augusta National from November 12-15.

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