South Plains Food Bank helps thousands - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/10/09

South Plains Food Bank helps thousands

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The South Plains Food Bank says they've had a tough year when it comes to donations.

More people are needing help this holiday season and compared to last year the food bank is distributing 25% more food to the 21 counties it serves. Even so, the food bank provides food for about 18,000 people each week.

Stephanie Seymour's family is an example of how the food bank saves lives. "We were completely out of food and we went and asked for a voucher and they gave it to us," said Seymour, a mother of five.

Seymour and her family recently moved out of her mother's house and are trying to get back on their feet, but they needed a little extra help.  "In the beginning it was, it was embarrassing. I was kind of ashamed because I couldn't provide for my kids the way I needed to," said Seymour.

Thanks to donations by community members, the Seymour family received a food box, which was enough to feed her family of seven for almost two weeks. "It means a whole lot. It's hard to explain to my kids when I'm coming home with boxes of food and they know we don't have any money, but it helps so much because I don't like to see my kids go hungry," said Seymour.

Now Seymour says she understands how a simple donation can change a life. "Thank you so much. The more you can give the better. We're not the only family that needs the help and there's lots of people out here that are hungry," said Seymour.

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