Lubbock church donates 10,000 pounds of food
A truckload of 10,000 pounds of food arrived Thursday morning at the South Plains Food Bank from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the Summer of Sharing food drive.
Michael McCauley, a member of the church, said the church has been coordinating the delivery for the past three or four years from a regional church warehouse in Dallas.
“The church has food distribution centers across the entire country,” McCauley said.
The church got involved a few years ago after leaders found out that the food bank usually has shortages during the summer.
Lyn Garcia, chief development officer for South Plains Food Bank, said the Summer of Sharing got its start about five years ago when a church started an emergency food drive because the food bank’s shelves were “bare.”
“We’ve just got to try to start being proactive,” Garcia said.
She said no one knows why donations decrease during the summer, but speculated it could be because people go on vacation or are heavily involved in summer activities with their children. Demand is up during summer months, she said, perhaps because children are not getting free and reduced-cost meals at school.
The quality of the food from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really pleased Garcia and David Weaver, chief executive officer of the South Plains Food Bank.
“We got some of the most wonderful products that we don’t always get,” Garcia said, listing off pinto beans, rice, peanut butter, diced tomatoes, soups and canned beef and turkey. “Getting meat products of any kind for the food bank is rare, so that was such a blessing.”
“It’s really the kinds of things we want to put into our food boxes,” Weaver said.
Garcia said workers at the food bank were eyeing the food as it came off the truck and asked if they could use it in the food boxes they were currently packing.
“I said, ‘Yes!’ Because we’re that low on food. It came at a perfect time,” Garcia said.
Weaver said the South Plains Food Bank usually distributes 7.5 to 8 million pounds of food per year, or 1,000 boxes of food per week.
“As soon as we get food, it’ll go out,” he said, “The needs that we have at the food bank don’t stop.”
McCauley said a 5-kilometer and 1-mile fun run has been rescheduled to collect food for the South Plains Food Bank for the Summer of Sharing.
Originally planned for Memorial Day and postponed due to rain, the fun run will begin at 9 a.m. on June 21. Registration for the run at www.sosfunrun.org is free, but participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items to the starting line.
The theme of the fun run is “Conquer Hunger,” and participants are invited to dress as their favorite superheroes.
Other Summer of Sharing events include:
n Through June 30, pre-made grocery bags containing about $12 worth of food can be purchased for $5 at any Lowe’s Supermarket or ACE Hardware. All of the food will go to the South Plains Food Bank.
n Also through June 30, a reusable Lowe’s grocery bag will be on sale at all Lowe’s Supermarkets and Plains Capital Bank locations for $2. Proceeds will go to support the work of the South Plains Food Bank.
n Through Wednesday, Covenant Health System is sponsoring the Save Our Ship Food Drive at Lowe’s Supermarkets.
n At 6 p.m. Wednesday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring a potato sacking. About 50,000 pounds of donated potatoes from Colorado will arrive, and the community is invited to come and sack potatoes into 5-pound bags.
n From 4:30-6:30 p.m. June 13, Covenant Health System is sponsoring the Summer of Sharing Save Our Ship Wrap-Up Event at Lowe’s Supermarket at 19th Street and Frankford Avenue.
n From 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 30, Lowe’s Supermarket is sponsoring the Summer of Sharing Finale Christmas in June at the 19th Street and Frankford Avenue location.
The community is invited to help sort donated food, purchase pre-made Lowe’s Supermarket grocery bags and eat free hot dogs provided by Plains Capital Bank.
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