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Texas A&M's 12th Can sees increase in number of Aggies needing food assistance

Posted at 5:33 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 23:44:35-04

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Food pantries have been busier than ever as more people are needing help during this pandemic. Texas A&Ms food pantry is continuing to serves its community.

When Aggies saw that families were needing food assistance, the 12th Can was ready to serve.

“We are here to serve all types of Aggies," said Associate Director David Chapa. "We don't care where you come from or what your background is, we want to make sure every Aggie has the potential to have a good foundation. So we try and help them by giving them the food they might need.”

This simple, selfless service is what drives students like Chapa to help the University's food pantry.

“Selfless service has always just been a great driver for me. I always just see myself as I do have time, so why not give it back to the people that I care about?" he said.

Currently, the 12th Can is seeing about a 30% increase in the number of people needing their assistance.

"Typically, we serve around 120 households per opening," explained Chapa. "Right now for the past few openings we have had here with the drive-through system, we have had around 160 people attending per opening.”

That increase is surprising to folks at the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

“Thirty percent is actually higher than I expect for them given a lot of their population might not be here right now,” said Brazos Valley Food Bank Program Manger Shannon Avila.

Already this year, 12th Can has served over 600 clients, half of which were served last month alone.

If you would like to donate to 12th Can, you can visit their website.