Food Bank Stretches a Dollar Into Seven Meals - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/3/08

Food Bank Stretches a Dollar Into Seven Meals

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Wednesday marks the third night of the U Can Share Food Drive and they are still needing your help. Wednesday's food of the day is canned vegetables, and if you hit the sales right, you can often buy three or four cans for a dollar. So we went to the South Plains Food Bank to see what they can do with that dollar.

"Of course we love food, we get the food and it's a great way for people to physically give something and we love that. But a dollar, we can make a dollar go a long, long way," says Lyn Garcia, Director of Development for South Plains Food Bank.

But just how far can they stretch $1?  "It would provide a meal for seven people - so consider a meal as green beans, potatoes - meat or sandwich," says Garcia. 

If you still need to do some Christmas shopping, the food bank is hosting an online auction this week. "If you pay $30 for the putter then you could figure ‘I'm furnishing 210 meals just by that $30 donation'. It makes a huge difference," says Garcia. 

From gift cards and gadgets to game day tickets think of your bid like this: the current bid for courtside tickets to a Red Raider men's basketball game equals 700 meals. For a football signed by AP Big 12 Coach of the year Mike Leach; the current bid is $91 or 637 meals.

As of Wednesday afternoon, $1,195 has been pledged bringing the total number of meals to 8,365. Auction closes December 5th at 9 p.m. Click here to check out the items available on this years auction.

The food bank told us they usually have 200,000 to 300,000 pounds of food by now but at the latest count Wednesday morning they had 122,000 pounds.

If you're out at the grocery store or have some extra canned goods in your pantry, you can bring those items out to the U Can Share Food Drive at the United Supermarket at 82nd and Frankford until Saturday.

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