H-E-B makes big donation to South Plains Food Bank - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/7/09

H-E-B makes big donation to South Plains Food Bank

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This year, the South Plains Food Bank has more people needing help, with less donations being made. Thanks to a generous donation from H-E-B, the food bank received $30,000 worth of food today that will help them re-stock the bare shelves.

"This is a tough time of the year for a lot of the clients we serve, and it's a tough time for us because we've seen such an increase in demand over the last several months and we're not able to keep up with the amount of food that we need to be having," said South Plains Food Bank CEO David Weaver.

Weaver says the food bank serves about 18,000 families a week and that number will double as the holidays approach. In addition to that, the food bank had to stop making their food boxes, but with this donation they can start back up.

H-E-B brought the 45,000 pounds of food all the way from San Antonio. "That's going to provide the equivalent of 36,000 meals so that will help a whole lot of families, it will help us get through a critical time as we go into the Christmas season," said Weaver.

H-E-B public affairs manager Danny Flores says the donation isn't an attempt to try to set up locations here in Lubbock.  "We understand there's a real big need right now and that's really one of our biggest commitments to fighting hunger," said Flores.

The food will go to 25 different surrounding counties. Next week the South Plains Food Bank will kick off its OctoberFast program where people can choose to skip a meal and donate its cost to the food bank.

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