LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The South Plains Food Bank U Can Share Food Drive, which started on Dec. 1 and will finish on Dec. 6, collects boxes of food to nourish families in need during the holiday season.
One of these thankful recipients is 72-year-old Bill Culver. Culver worked most of his life as a truck driver, but all that changed in March. Now he can barely even drive or afford groceries.
"The economy and everything, times have changed and you know, social security just doesn't get it," he said. "So I need a little extra help."
This is why he is so grateful to the U Can Share Food Drive, a community effort that helps feed the one in eight people who go hungry across the South Plains.
"It's hard because by the time you pay all your bills, you have nothing left," said Lea Vera, another Lubbock recipient, "so it means a lot when I come and get potatoes and oranges and stuff like that."
Some recipients even share their food with others, such as Mary Foreman; who raises her 2-year-old grandson in Anton and assists her neighbors in need.
"I can't work," Foreman said. "I'm disabled and I lost my husband two years ago, and I'm taking care of this baby and there's no way that I can work. So, this is a lot of help to everybody, and I really do appreciate everything that you guys do."
However, it's not just those who receive boxes from the U Can Share Food Drive who benefit.
"My hands bless literally thousands of people a month, and I wouldn't trade it for anything else," said Daniel Flores, SPFB box distributor. "I love doing it, just putting smiles on people's faces…not only feeding their body, but feeding the spirit and soul."
These food drive recipients all agree that they hope even more donations will be given to the U Can Share Food to help more of their neighbors in need.
Donations are accepted at any area United Supermarkets location or can be submitted by texting "neighbor" to 41444.
For more information, visit http://www.spfb.org/u-can-share-2014/.
Click here to bid in the U Can Share Food Drive Auction.