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Food Bank kicks off "Summer of Sharing" drive Thursday

From South Plains Food Bank:

The South Plains Food Bank will be joined by local partners and community members for its annual Summer Of Sharing event. This is the 4th Annual Summer Of Sharing, which has evolved into many events held throughout the summer to assist the South Plains Food Bank in restocking its shelves during one of its critically low inventory times of the year.

Several years ago, the South Plains Food Bank had to issue an SOS emergency food drive. The shelves were bare and the Food Bank, for a brief period, ceased being able to make freezer boxes.  However, in this critical time of need, the community stepped up and quickly restocked the Food Bank shelves.

Summers have always been a difficult time for the Food Bank. "We want to be proactive," said SPFB Chief Executive Officer David Weaver. "We are calling on our community members, churches, local businesses and corporations to remember that hunger doesn't take a vacation. Please support our local Summer Of Sharing events this year."

Several organizations have already come together to spear head a summer packed with ways people can get involved in helping the Food Bank through the summer months. The Food Bank is hoping to raise about 300,000 pounds of food during this year's Summer of Sharing, which will provide approximately 250,000 meals and $50,000.  This is a great opportunity for the community to join together this summer for the Summer of Sharing because "Hunger Does Not Take a Vacation!"

Some of the events involved with the Summer of Sharing include:

  • Thursday, May 23, 2012:   Press Conference for Summer of Sharing.

South Plains Food Bank, 4612 Locust Ave., 10:00 a.m.

  • Monday, May 27, 2013:  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is sponsoring a 5k and 1mile Fun Run as the Kickoff Event for the Summer of Sharing. 

McKenzie Park—Free Breakfast at 8 a.m./Race start time at 9 a.m.

No entry fee for the race; however, please bring a sack of nonperishable, non-glass food as a donation to the South Plains Food Bank.

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2013:   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is sponsoring "Potato Sacking" to sack 50,000 lbs. of donated potatoes. 

South Plains Food Bank, 4612 Locust Ave., 6 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 18 through Friday, June 21, 2013: Covenant Health System is sponsoring the Summer of Sharing Can Can Food Drive. 

Lowe Supermarket, 19th and Frankford.

  • Monday, June 24, 2013: Lowe's Super Market is sponsoring the Summer of Sharing Finale Christmas in June—The entire community is invited.

Lowe Supermarket, 19th and Frankford, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sort donated food, last chance to purchase pre-made Lowe's Supermarket grocery bags, and free hot dogs provided by Plains Capital Bank.

  • Monday, May 27 through Monday, June 24, 2013:  Purchase a $5 Lowe's pre-made grocery bag (each bag contains approximately $12 worth of food) at any Lowes Supermarket and all of the food will go to the South Plains Food Bank.
  • Monday, May 27 through Monday, June 24, 2013:  Purchase a $2 reusable grocery bag at any Lowes Supermarket or Plains Capital Bank location and all proceeds will go to support the work of the South Plains Food Bank.
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