It hasn't even been a week since Plainview's Cargill plant closed its doors leaving 2,000 employees without a job, but local organizations are already stepping up to help them get back on their feet.
Wednesday morning, South Plains Workforce Solutions held a job fair to help the former Cargill employees. More than 1,100 people showed up to fill out job applications and sift through the 66 employer booths but as they left many were still wary of their future.
Organizations like the South Plains Food Bank are preparing to support these job seekers by stocking up on their already thin food supply. "The last several years have been challenging for the food bank because we've seen such an increase in need. Then all of a sudden something like this comes along and tips the balance again, so we're just in the mode of what do we need to do to get through this crisis," SPFB executive officer David Weaver said.
Even before Cargill shut its doors, Plainview's Salvation Army saw an increase in the number of families coming in for help. The SPFB already supplies food to that Salvation Army and other agencies, but over the next few months they'll beef up the amount of food they're giving to accommodate the increase in demand.
"I know for families affected and individuals losing their jobs this seem like a hopeless situation," Weaver said. "We're very fortunate here on the South Plains because there is a culture that says we take up for our neighbor, we'll take care of each other and we'll get through this crisis."
Right now Weaver is unsure how Cargill's closure will affect the Food Bank's stock and he says they're always accepting monetary or food donations.
If you would like to make a donation, please visit the food bank's website at www.spfb.org.