Provided by the South Plains Food Bank
The South Plains Food Bank is breaking ground on the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Distribution Center Tuesday, April 29. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and the community is invited to stay after for a picnic lunch provided by Plains Capital Bank.
Funded by a $9.8 million grant from the Talkington Foundation, the building is designed by MWM Architects Inc. and will be built by Pharr Construction Co.
"This new building will allow us to adapt to the future of changes in food insecurity and enable us to meet the needs of our clients and community in the future" said David Weaver, the Food Bank's executive director. "Frozen and cold storage will be expanded, which will give us the ability to give out more nutritious foods such as fresh produce. Plus, the food bank will be more efficient in serving clients."
The Food Bank is planning for the future and looking at ways to better serve the communities across the south plains. The Food Bank plans to expand current programs such as Kids Café and Mobil Pantry which feed children and elderly in Lubbock and across 20 counties in the south plains.
"We are building a hunger-free community," says Lyn Garcia, SPFB's Chief Development Officer. "It is possible! But we are going to need the community's support to make it happen. The new building is our tool to do just that but we are going to need help filling it with food."