South Plains Food Bank Sends Up An "SOS"

The South Plains Food Bank will be joined by local partners and community members for its annual Summer of Sharing Food Drive.
By Joshua Cole Little

LUBBOCK, TX--- The South Plains Food Bank is sending out their S.O.S. for the "Summer of Sharing." During the summer months the food bank needs a little more help. 

Local businesses and groups around Lubbock are coming together to collect food for the 5th annual Summer of Sharing Food Drive. The food bank is hoping to collect more than 125,000 pounds of food during the month of June. 

"In the summer time it seems like people are gone. They get different schedules and so the donations seem to go down," said Mike McCauley, a representative of the L.D.S. Church in Lubbock, who is sponsoring the food drive. "Although unfortunately the hunger needs don't. And so we think this is a great opportunity as a community that we can reach out and help those that are in our community in need and that's why we do that." 

The Summer of Sharing food drive kicks off Monday, May 26th at Mackenzie Park with a 5k and one mile Fun Run. There will be several more events and activities throughout the month of June to encourage Lubbock residents to donate food and help out the South Plains Food Bank this summer. 

Below is a schedule of events planned for the Summer of Sharing Food Drive for people to get involved. 

Release by South Plains Food Bank

LUBBOCK, TX - The South Plains Food Bank will be joined by local partners and community members for its annual Summer of Sharing Food Drive. This is the 5th Annual Summer of Sharing, which has evolved into many events held throughout the summer to assist the South Plains Food Bank in restocking its shelves during one of its critically low inventory times of the year.

Several years ago, the South Plains Food Bank had to issue an SOS emergency food drive. The shelves were bare and the Food Bank, for a brief period, ceased being able to make freezer boxes.  However, in this critical time of need, the community stepped up and quickly restocked the Food Bank shelves.

Summers are a difficult time for the Food Bank.  "We want to be proactive," said SPFB Chief Executive Officer David Weaver. "We are calling on our community members, churches, local businesses and corporations to remember that hunger doesn't take a vacation. Please support our local Summer of Sharing events this year."

Organizations have come together to spearhead a summer packed with ways people can get involved in helping the Food Bank through the summer months. The Food Bank is hoping to raise 125,000 pounds of food and $50,000 during this year's Summer of Sharing, which will provide approximately 200,000 meals.  This is a great opportunity for the community to join together this summer for the Summer of Sharing Food Drive because "Hunger Does Not Take a Vacation!"

Some of the events involved with the Summer of Sharing include:

·Monday, May 26, 2014:  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring a 5k and 1mile Fun Run as the Kickoff Event for the Summer of Sharing Food Drive.  The entire community is invited to participate. Mackenzie Park-Free fruit and bagels at 8 a.m./Race start time at 9 a.m.
No entry fee for the race; however, please bring a sack of nonperishable, non-glass food items as a donation to the South Plains Food Bank.

·Wednesday, June 4, 2014:   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be delivering a semi-truck load of donated food ($12,500 worth of food).  
South Plains Food Bank, 4612 Locust Ave., 11:00 a.m. 

·Wednesday, June 11, 2014:   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring "Potato Sacking" to sack 50,000 lbs. of donated potatoes.  The entire community is invited to participate.
South Plains Food Bank, 4612 Locust Ave., 6 p.m. 

·Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 13, 2014: Covenant Health System is sponsoring the Save Our Ship Food Drive.  Lowe's Supermarkets.

·Friday, June 13, 2014: Covenant Health System is sponsoring the Summer of Sharing Save Our Ship Wrap-Up Event.  Lowe's Supermarket, 19th and Frankford, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

·Monday, June 30, 2014: Lowe's Super Market is sponsoring the Summer of Sharing Finale Christmas in June-The entire community is invited.  Lowe's Supermarket, 19th and Frankford, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Sort donated food, last chance to purchase pre-made Lowe's Supermarket grocery bags, and free hot dogs provided by Plains Capital Bank. 

·Monday, May 26 through Monday, June 30, 2014:  Purchase a $5 Lowe's pre-made grocery bag (each bag contains approximately $12 worth of food) at any Lowe's Supermarket or ACE Hardware and all of the food will go to the South Plains Food Bank.
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