LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – You could call it a hobby for Terry Akin or a labor of love. "I sit out here and eat and eat and eat," said Akin. "By the time I picked them and picked them they are still going to keep producing."
His garden is lush with beans, okra, tomatoes and nine peach trees. "If that little peach will brighten someone's day then that's the ticket right there," said Akin who knows there is no way he would possibly eat all he grows but knows a place to take it.
Friday he took a truck load to of fresh peaches to the South Plains Food Bank. When Akin called the food bank they told him they would wait on the loading dock for him. They were thrilled to get the donation.
"My mind started churning, I thought if everyone had a garden and could out there and spend one or two hours picking stuff that they would let go to waste and could take it to the food bank that would make a huge difference," said Akin.
The July floods destroyed the food bank's Grub Farm killing 80 percent of what they grow. "You may not be able to make a monetary donation but you can donate from your garden," said Akin. "I hope to plant the idea in people's minds that when they are done with their gardens you don't have to be through with it."
Akin has never needed their services but says you never know when you may. "If you have it to give and don't give it it's a travesty," said Akin who will be back at the food bank with another fresh load.
As long as you pick your fresh produce, the food bank will accept your home grown fruits and veggies.
The South Plains Food Bank announced a food shortage crisis on Tuesday. They only had a two-week supply of food in stock. United Supermarkets donated 51,000 pounds of food on Wednesday, which doubled their supply, but more help is needed.
Akin knows that there is an abundance of fresh produce, that he says is much better than what you can buy in the stores, which can be donated. He challenges everyone on the South Plains that has a garden to donate for a good cause.
Akin will be delivering more fresh produce this weekend. If you would like to donate to the South Plains Food Bank, you can donate online by clicking here, you can call 806-763-3003 or you can drop off food at 4612 Locust Avenue in Lubbock. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
If you want to join in and help this cause and do not have a garden to pick from, at all Lubbock County United Supermarkets shoppers will have the opportunity to make a cash donation at the time of check out. United will match the first $10,000 received from guests.
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