Hundreds line up for holiday help at South Plains Food Bank - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Hundreds line up for holiday help at South Plains Food Bank


As the Christmas season inches closer, the South Plains Food Bank is helping hundreds of families in need.

On Tuesday, nearly 1,500 people received boxes full of food to help them through the holidays.

More than 4,000 boxes have been given out since distribution started on Saturday.

1,500 additional boxes are expected to leave the food bank's shelves on Wednesday and Thursday.

More than 700 hundred cars waited for help Tuesday afternoon, causing a backup along both Avenue A and 50th Streets.

"It was lined up," said Richard Brashear. 

Brashear waited nearly an hour for assistance.

Irene Franco said it's been a difficult year for her and many other Lubbock families.

"A lot of people are struggling and it's hard. It's hard and its sad," Franco said.

Hundreds of volunteers showed up to help fight hunger and the freezing cold.

"This is almost double what we did last year," said Salvation Army Major Mike Morton.

The Salvation Army partnered with the food bank this year.

"I don't think anything could have prepared us for today," said Vangelia Perryman with the South Plains Food Bank.

Perryman says the food bank helps one out of every five people on the South Plains.

This year the demand is so high that food is leaving the shelves almost as quickly as it comes in.

Donations from the U Can Share drive usually last until May. Now Perryman says it could all be gone in March.

Some donations left in the cars lined up on Tuesday.

"This is one of the first years we've had to take the food literally from the site and into the boxes because we didn't have a reservoir set up. This year we've been hit really hard," Perryman said.

Morton says the Salvation Army is also seeing more clients in need.

"I'm seeing a lot of people needing assistance and seeing a lot of requests for rent and utilities and a lot of that stuff," he said.

Charities and school groups turned out in numbers in hopes that some won't have to go without this season.

 "We thank very much these people out here standing in the cold," Brashear said.

Franco was moved by the support from the community.

"I think it's awesome because they're doing things for those who aren't able to for themselves at this point. I hope that God blesses them in a way that I can't," said Franco.

You can get more information on how to donate at the South Plains Food Bank web site.

Holiday food boxes are available with vouchers from any of the 200 hundred agencies the food bank serves

Unfortunately, the food bank said they may have all been passed out this year.

Regular food boxes are still available for families.

You can apply for assistance through 211 Texas website.

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