Provided by South Plains Food Bank
On Friday, Sept. 20th, outstanding nominees will be honored at the annual Mayor's Hunger Heroes luncheon. One nominee will be announced and recognized for their generosity and devotion to feeding the needy. The Honorable Glen Robertson will present the award.
The twelve nominees include:
Teresa Stephens, owner of the popular restaurant, The Cast Iron Grill. Teresa's restaurant provides food once a week for the homeless at St. Benedict's Chapel and serves on their board.
Tom and Susan Clark are volunteers at 2nd Helpings, a soup kitchen at First United Methodist Church. For ten years they have been serving, greeting guests, washing dishes and Tom once literally "offered the coat off his back" at the soup kitchen.
Dr. J Davis Armistead has been a volunteer board member for the South Plains Food Bank since 1997 and has spent countless hours serving food through food bank programs and being an advocate for the food bank's mission.
Phil Lacy builds food boxes for the South Plains Food Bank and serves food to the needy twice a week at the First UMC kitchen. Tom Winzeler also helps build over 600 food boxes per week for the South Plains Food Bank and serves food at First UMC's 2nd Helpings soup kitchen. Because of Phil and Tom's volunteerism, 1000 people are touched by their efforts per week.
Mike's Place of Cherry Tree Health Services brings students to volunteer at the food bank weekly. They sort, mark and prepare items for the food boxes. They have been volunteering for four and one half years.
Mandy Wolf is a familiar face at the Trinity Outreach Center, where for more than ten years she has greeted families and guided them through the process of receiving groceries and clothing. She is known for her beautiful smile and ability to make others feel loved, accepted and comfortable.
Sidney Fallin volunteers for Parkway Drive Baptist Church where he expresses his love for Jesus and spreads the joy by hand delivering food boxes to families that don't have transportation or are unable to pick them up.
The Tahoka Church of Christ reaches out to their community by hosting the Tahoka Mobile Pantry program. "To understand why I have nominated the Tahoka Church of Christ, you need to see our church members in action on our Mobile Pantry day…volunteers are handing out cards and homemade brownies to let the clients know that "God loves you." Other members form teams to load the food boxes into the cars with such happy goodwill to the clients," says Jack Scott, who nominated the church.
Taylor McNeel is a devoted volunteer for many organizations that feed the hungry and is described by the person who nominated him as "meeting the needs of others with kindness and love through his selfless, giving spirit."
Dale Gober is a dedicated volunteer and serves his community through the U Can Share Food Drive as the Site Director. He is also a Food Bank committee member, a Meals on Wheels volunteer and serves food at the St. Benedict's soup kitchen. For more than 15 years, The Society of Petroleum Engineers, a Texas Tech student organization has been collecting canned foods to donate to the South Plains Food Bank. The organization raises over a ton of food each year.
The Stone Soup Luncheon is Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Monterey Church of Christ at 6111 82nd St. in Lubbock beginning at 11:30 am.