This year The South Plains Food Bank's current inventory is extremely low at 545,177 pounds compared to the more than 1.5 million pound inventory in 2005, you can clearly see the need.
Over the past 25 years, some people have helped fill that need almost every year. Charles and Elaine Chaney are a couple that have been a part of the "U Can Share" Food Drive for the past 18 years.
When asked what their job was, Elaine replied, "To sort the food out of the barrels."
"I'll go anywhere they need me to pick up their barrels," replied Charles.
Their 18 years of service comes at a cost some would never consider.
"I enjoy taking vacation this time of year to help out with the U San Share Food Drive," Charles added.
Each year the Chaney's spend their one week of vacation time volunteering at the "U Can Share" Food Drive.
"I like doing it because it makes me feel good because I'm helping other people," said Elaine.
People like the Chaney's help feed more 6,000 families per month. That's 123,000 meals every month, 12 months of the year. This all starts with the "U Can Share" Food Drive each year.
"Hunger is a never ending thing. It's not just a Christmas and Thanksgiving that people are hungry. It's all the time," said Kyle Rogers.
Eighteen years ago Kyle was a Texas Tech student in need of an internship. So he began volunteering at the "U Can Share" Food Drive. Now he is the Vice President of the "U Can Share" board and knows exactly why it's been a success for 25 years.
"Everybody comes together. It doesn't matter if it's the competing business' across town or anything like that. We all come together in support of the less fortunate in this community and across the South Plains. That's what makes this drive work and what's made it succeed for so long," said Kyle.
The goal for the 2007 "U Can Share" Food Drive is to raise $100,000 in cash and receive 500,000 pounds of food, which is enough to fill twelve 18-wheelers.
If you would like to be a part in the "U Can Share" Food Drive, you're asked to donate canned food and dry goods of all types. Any non-perishable foods, personal hygiene products and household cleaning products are also greatly needed.
They ask that you do not donate anything in glass, frozen foods, and any home canned foods or fresh meats.
You can drop off your non-perishable goods wherever you see the "U Can Share" Food Drive barrels, or you can stop by the "U Can Share" Food Drive headquarters at the United on 82nd and Frankford Ave.
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