Ten individuals or organizations were honored Friday at the Mayor's Hunger Heroes Luncheon.
The event was hosted by Second Baptist Church at 6109 Chicago Avenue and included a Stone Soup served by the South Plains Food Bank.
For the past decade the South Plains Food Bank and the Lubbock Mayor have been recognizing distinguished community members who are making a difference in the lives of the hungry. Each Hunger Hero has touched literally thousands of lives through their acts of service to those struggling with food insecurity. In the past, each Hunger Hero has been recognized without one being singled out; however, last year the Hunger Hero committee decided to begin to designate a Hunger Hero of the Year award.
This year in honor of Doug Carlson and his example of volunteerism we would like to announce the Hunger Hero of the Year award will now be titled the "Doug Carlson Hunger Hero of the Year" Award. One of the special recognitions of this award will be a $1000 scholarship awarded to a GRUB student on behalf of the award recipient. In this way we are paying forward the great example and good works of Doug Carlson.
Doug began serving at the South Plains Food Bank as a board member in 1999. Doug wanted to know everything that went on at the food bank so he learned firsthand about every program. He visited soup kitchens, Kids Cafe sites and agencies. Monitoring agencies soon became a weekly job for Doug and he took it on with enthusiasm and zeal. Doug served as Vice President of the SPFB Board from 2002 to 2004 and then became Board President until 2006. He served as SPFB representative to the Breedlove Dehydration Plant organization from 2008-2011.
Doug passed away in July of 2011 at the age of 78 leaving a legacy of volunteer work that will be remembered as truly remarkable. The meaning of "excel" is "to do extremely well." It can be said by anyone who knew Doug Carlson, that he served the South Plains Food Bank and our community "extremely well."
"We are honored to be able to remember Doug Carlson in this special way," said South Plains Food Bank Chief Executive Officer David Weaver. "He believed strongly in the Food Bank and was the only volunteer to actually have a permanent desk at the Food Bank. Every year the Hunger Hero committee recognizes the heroes in our community to diligently serve their struggling neighbors by feeding them and giving them hope. We are grateful to each of them for their part in helping us fulfill our mission of alleviating hunger and giving hope to the hungry."
The luncheon takes place every October during the South Plains Food Bank's OctoberFast event. OctoberFast is an annual event that was created to bring awareness about the needs of the hungry and the homeless while recognizing and thanking the volunteers and churches who work to help the hungry. It is also the one time of the year that the Food Bank asks for the community's financial support for Second Helpings. The community is asked to fast or bring a brown bag lunch and donate the money that would have been spent for a meal out to the Food Bank. The Food Bank also encourages churches to take up a second collection and donate it to this program.
For more information about The Mayor's Hunger Hero Luncheon, OctoberFast, or the South Plains Food Bank's Second Helpings Kitchens please contact Vangelia Perryman at 806-535-4346 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.