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8/10/10

South Plains Food Bank experiencing food shortage crisis; needs community's help

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An extreme food shortage prompts the South Plains Food Bank to call an emergency food drive and they need the community's support now more then ever.

They are running so low on food, if they don't get more donations, daily boxes may have to be cut in half and the shelves are bare. "I've been here for four years and I have to be honest with you, I have never seen our shelves quite so empty," said South Plains Food Bank Director of Development Lyn Garcia.

Garcia says they are down to just a two week supply of dry food. "Our people that put our food boxes together are a little bit in a panic," she said.

They are completely out of frozen foods. "We are kind of in a bind, because we have a lot of people to feed and people are coming out here everyday to the food bank," said Garcia.

Garcia says summers are especially tough on families in need because the kids are home from school. On the same note, it's hard for those who are able to remember to give. "If don't get food in, then we are just going to have to really reduce what we give to folks," said Garcia.

Which is hard to hear for people like Curtis Collier, who is on a fixed income and has to feed six. "I feel very bad even coming out and accepting this, I feel bad, but after all I do need it," said Collier.

Rudy Carrion knows the feeling. He is on disability and has to rely on the food bank to get what he needs. "It hurts to be in these kind of shoes and this predicament in 2010. I hate to beg but sometimes we have to do what we don't want to do," said Carrion.

When just $1 provides seven meals, the food bank says every donation is not only appreciated, but a blessing to those in need. "To those that have it, the good Lord would appreciate if they will help the ones that need it," said Durwood Eaton who uses the food bank.

If you want to help out, the food bank is in need of shelf stable food; Hamburger Helper, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, beans, rice, cereal and canned fruits and vegetables.

On Monday, August 16th, the South Plains Food Bank is teaming up with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for an SOS or Summer of Sharing food drive. They invite the community to come out and donate food from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Remember, you can donate any time during business hours at 4612 Locust Avenue, or online by (clicking here).

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