By: Meredith Hillgartner
“What I always say about the food that we distribute is ‘Ya it feeds our bodies, but it also feeds our souls,’ “ South Plains Food Bank Director David Weaver said.
And Friday the South Plains Food Bank is feeding thousands.
“This is a really special time,” Weaver said. “It gives families a shot in the arm as we go into the Christmas season and makes sure that they have food for the holidays, so they can take care of themselves and their families.”
Friday kicked off the food banks annual Christmas box giveaway-where hundreds of volunteers, including Weaver, braved the cold weather to make sure needy families got everything they need for a Christmas feast.
“This is food we have been collecting through the U Can Share food drive and other sources,” Weaver said. “It’s been donated to us from lots of great partners here in the community.”
Inside the boxes families can find ham or turkey-along with potatoes, oranges and plenty of canned goods.
“You think of kids being out of school for the holidays and that is a great and fun thing but a lot of those kids are kids that are on the free and reduced lunch program at school,” Weaver said. “And when we have holidays they don’t have access to that food.”
Weaver said 3,500 families will drive through the line this weekend with another 1,100 senior citizens who had boxes delivered to their homes.
“We’ve got wonderful volunteers out here today from Texas Tech, from Bayer Crop Science, from the Rotary Club of Lubbock,” Weaver said. “They are helping us load food into the cars but over the last couple of months they have been helping us pack food boxes and sort through it.”
One volunteer, Linn Walker, took the opportunity to teach her students how to impact the community.
“We work with all different students and families and we believe strongly that when you teach students you reach families,”