The U-Can Share food drive ends Saturday, but the South Plains Food Bank needs the giving to continue. They still have a ways to go to reach this year's goal.
Austin Moore got up early Saturday morning, along with about 1,700 other local Boy Scouts to collect food for the U-Can Share food drive. Moore, who is 18 now, has worked with the food drive since he was 6 years old. "There are some people that just don't have any other way to get food other than the food bank, and without other people's help they're just high and dry," said Moore.
The Boy Scouts raised about 40,000 pounds of food and $1,200, but that still won't be enough to reach the South Plains Food Bank's goal of 600,000 pounds of food. "We're short by about half. We're at about 300,000 pounds of food," said Food Drive Co-Chairman, Kevin Rogers.
That number is disappointing to food drive organizers, especially this year when the South Plains Food Bank has seen a 20% increase in the number of families asking for help. "It's more important than ever that we reach this goal, or hopefully exceed it to where we can help those people out that we're seeing that are new to us," said Rogers.
The food drive ends Saturday, but you can still donate for another week by dropping off non-perishable food items in barrels at all United Supermarket locations in Lubbock. Even when the U-Can Share food drive is over, the food bank hopes people continue to donate so they can fill the growing need.