SPFB gets funding to feed nearly 2,000 rural families - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/24/10

South Plains Food Bank gets funding to feed nearly 2,000 rural families

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - South Plains families that live in rural communities will now be eligible to receive assistance from the South Plains Food Bank (SPFB). 1,600 designated boxes will be delivered by the SPFB for this new program from the Texas food banks. The Food Bank received special funding for a limited-time program.

Vangelia Perryman, E-communications Manager and Media Liaison, says the boxes that contain fifty pounds of food and nutrition education materials, will be delivered between June and September.

The Food Bank will provide more assistance to rural families hit hard by the recession. South Plains Food Bank Chief Executive Officer, David Weaver says rural communities have been hit extremely hard by the recession. "We want to reach out and help families in these communities."

Weaver says 1 in 3 children, in the rural South Plains, might go to bed without dinner. He also says summer is most difficult, because struggling families are now faced with making up their child's free and reduced meal they received during the school year.

The Summer Family Nutrition Programs targets families with children who are struggling in this recession. These families include children who are at risk of both hunger and obesity. Texas ranks number one nationally in child hunger, and one in five Texas children are medically obese.

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