By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – An emergency SOS call went out to the community from the South Plains Food Bank to stock their bare shelves and the community has answered the call. The food bank teamed up with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the Summer of Sharing food drive bringing in more than 125,000 pounds of food.
Hundreds of people came out to the food bank Monday evening where they brought bags of food. "I think we forget how much we have, and we forget how little other people have so it's an opportunity to bless their lives," Spencer McComb said after his family donated several bags of food.
All week McComb's four sons helped gather food for the drive. "They're really excited about taking things out of the cupboard and saying this is for people who don't have food," Spencer's wife Amanda McComb said.
Around 5 p.m. a semi-truck pulled into the parking lot of the food bank with almost 50,000 pounds of non-perishable food that church members collected.
"Many of the people in need are people who are struggling with the economy. These are people who have to choose between paying their cooling bill or buying food. These are all people who are contributing members of our community, good people, who have hit a hard time and need a little help," said Dr. Sterling Shumway with The Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints.
The church's generosity didn't stop there. Markers were passed around and bin by bin, the church members sorted the food and marked out the bar codes. "They started to work and probably 30 minutes had ten totes marked and sorted and that is going to save us hours of time because we need to start putting this food in boxes tomorrow," Lynn Garcia with the South Plains Food Bank said. "I am just overwhelmed by the generosity by the out pouring of care and compassion by the community of Lubbock," she added.
By the end of the day, with help from United, Walmart, and hundreds of community members the food bank had collected nearly 130,000 pounds of food. They expect to reach their goal of 150,000 pounds by the end of this month.
For some it truly was a "Summer of Sharing". "Oh it just warms your heart when you pull up and see everybody here and they're all uniting and giving to the community," said McComb.
If you did not make it out to the food bank, United Supermarkets will match the first $10,000 donated in their stores through Tuesday. Plus, the stores will match the first 10,000 pounds of food donated in the barrels at their stores through the end of the August.
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.
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