South Plains Food Bank Fundraiser To Help Combat Theft & Vandalism - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/11/06

South Plains Food Bank Fundraiser To Help Combat Theft & Vandalism

After thieves and vandals targeted the South Plains Food Bank Orchard, volunteers and workers are trying to pick up the pieces and prevent new incidents. NewsChannel 11's is Suleika Acosta shows us some of the damage and tells us how the food bank is fighting back.

Workers at the food bank farm tell us sadly enough, theft and vandalism happen almost everyday. The city has already painted over graffiti on one of the buildings. Jennifer Smith, farm orchard director, tells us they've seen the most damage this year, estimating between $10-12,000. Thieves have stolen everything from stealing peaches and apricots to tomatoes and squash.

So now, the food bank is hoping to stop the theft and vandalism by building a fence around the farm. "We've decided we have to have a fence. We have 55 acres and it's wide open on all four sides, it's very tempting to come here and take things so if we put up a fence maybe that will alleviate the problem,"says Smith.

The food bank is looking to the community for the $22,000 they need for the fence. They are having a fundraiser called 'Fence the Farm' Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 76th & Avenue B. They will have BBQ plates for sale with a minimum of $5 donation. A mini farmer's market will also be on display.

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