EUGENE, Ore. -- As the Can Do! food drive comes to a close on Wednesday, volunteers are starting to ramp up their efforts at Food For Lane County’s distribution sites.
Ajay Jackson, a volunteer with the non-profit, was homeless in San Francisco for 6 years before moving to Oregon.
“I can relate to most of the clients who come in, whether they doing drugs or what not,” said Jackson. “I already hit bottom, I didn't want to go backwards. I want to go forwards."
He said support the local Food For Lane County organization provided gave him the opportunity to make that change a reality.
Now that his life is back on track, Jackson is giving back to the organization that helped him through a tough transition.
“It's smiling, making them feel comfortable. This is why we have food pantries. When you need them they're here. Not looking down on the person. It's about lifting them up,” he said.
He found that nutritious food is a necessity when moving forward with your life.
“I call it fuel. A car's not running without gas. It's not going anywhere. So if a person has nothing to eat they can't really think. What's the next step their going to take?" said Jackson.
Jackson spends his time at Catholic Community Services in Eugene, which is one of the many Food For Lane County beneficiaries.
To help support the service, you can join the KVAL team at Fred Meyer on West 11th in Eugene, or drop off donations at one of the other Can Do! food drive spots on Wednesday.