Youth Leadership Instructor Patsy Bell hoped to collect more than 12,000 cans, the grand total of last year's donations.
The much lower collection numbers speaks to the tough economic situation all Americans find themselves in, however, this is a double-edged sword.
The individuals in need of the Soup Kitchen and Sharing and Caring has risen in conjunction with the downturn in the economy
The canned food drive has been a tradition since Youth Leadership was began in 1999.
"The can food drive has always been a worthwhile project, but this year, especially with the economy as it is, there are so many more families in our community in need of assistance and help," stated Bell
The Soup Kitchen and Sharing and Caring have serious need for canned food donations, but due to the economic problems this country is facing, donations are down.
"People and businesses are not able to give as much as they have in the past," according to Bell