For millions people in need, every day is Hunger Day. For the rest us, those blessed with enough food to eat, the observance of World Hunger Day has three purposes; to raise community awareness of the hungry and the homeless, to recognize the volunteers and churches who work to help them, and to ask the public for financial support of Second Helpings, a program which coordinates the collection and distribution of surplus food.
This year, World Hunger Day is set for October 16, as part of Octoberfast, a week-long project of the South Plains Food Bank of Lubbock. Many churches hold special collections for the Food Bank around this special week. And here is a way individuals can help: by fasting for one meal and donating the cost of that meal to the Food Bank.
A keynote event of Octoberfast in Lubbock will be the Mayor's Hunger Heroes luncheon to honor 16 individuals and organizations who consistently work to help those who need it most.
The luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 19, at the Monterey Church of Christ, 6111 82nd Street. The public is invited at no charge. Reservations may be made by calling Lyn Garcia at the Food Bank, 863-3003. Deadline is Wednesday, October 17.