The giving season kicks off for the South Plains Food Bank tomorrow morning, December 20th, 2013 with distribution of the traditional Christmas food boxes. Christmas food boxes are being distributed Friday, December 20th from 9am until 5pm, Saturday 9 to 3, Monday 9 to 5 and Christmas eve, 9 to 1.
The South Plains Food Bank has spent the past three months preparing the Christmas food boxes for distribution.
“Volunteers have been coming on Saturday work days, rain or shine to help us prepare,” said Berry Massey, Manager of Volunteer Services. “We’ve had over 1,000 volunteers this season at the Food Bank lending a hand.”
This year the Food Bank plans to distribute more than 3,500 Christmas food boxes to qualifying families across the South Plains and 1,100 food boxes to qualifying seniors.
“1,100 senior boxes are being delivered to elderly in the area,” says Brenda Hayes, Director of Food Bank Operations and Administration. “700 boxes are being delivered to rural areas by our partner agencies. And we prepared 3,500 Christmas food boxes to distribute here at the Food Bank.”
To receive a Christmas food box, qualified clients acquired vouchers last month from partner agencies across the South Plains. Clients can bring their vouchers during distribution times to redeem them.
Different from the regular food boxes, the Christmas box includes the choice of either a turkey or ham, a box of non-perishable dry goods, a box of canned goods, a box of frozen goods, a bag of potatoes, a bag of oranges, cooking oil, juice and a pie.