TYLER (KYTX) - The East Texas Food Bank provides more than 18 million meals a year to East Texans, but right now the organization is struggling to keep up with demand.
One local radio host is trying to help the non-profit by collecting 10 thousand pounds of food and he needs your help.
"It is a huge undertaking but a massive need," Jammin' Jimmy Olson said.
Olson says when he heard that 456 thousand East Texans are at risk of hunger with many of them being children and seniors, he knew he had to do something. "I take a challenge, I reach a goal. No matter how long it takes, I'm going to be living here," Olson said.
His goal is 10 thousand pounds of food to stock the empty shelves here at the East Texas Food Bank. Until he reaches that goal, he will be living in an uninsulated pod at the Walmart on South Broadway. 10 thousand pounds of food would provide 8300 meals to East Texans in need.
"We're struggling to keep up. We've been struggling to kind of catch up with the demand but as you know with the energy situation that we have here in East Texas and statewide, there's more and more need out there," East Texas Food Bank CEO Dennis Cullinane said.
Olson needs your help. So far, he's only collected 2 thousand pounds of food. At this rate, he could be living in this pod for a month. "It's really important for us to get him out of that box so we can help others get out of their quote on quote box as well. This is a significant donation. 10,000 pounds will go a long way," Cullinane said.
Any nonperishable food items and bottled water are welcome. You can bring it to the Walmart SuperCenter on South Broadway. You'll see Jimmy out there 24 hours a day.
"I really need people to step up and help because this is my biggest undertaking ever," Olson said.