South Plains Food Bank looking for volunteers to harvest apples

Volunteers needed to harvest apples

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A couple of months ago, we told you the South Plains Food Bank was in need of volunteers to thin their apple trees for the upcoming harvest.

Well now, the harvest is here and the food bank needs your help to pick the fruit.

The South Plains Food Bank has thousands of trees that often produce upwards of 200,000 pounds of apples. The apples grown are not only used by this food bank, but by food banks in more than 20 counties.

"Think about when you go to the grocery store, you don't consider it a luxury to go through the produce department. That's just normal, but for our clients, something like a gorgeous apple is really important to some people, so the people that come out to help us harvest these apples will be making a difference in the lives of a lot of people in the South Plains," Jennifer Smith with the South Plains Food Bank said.

South Plains Food Bank often sees less fresh produce donations.

"Apples are so important. Food banks are often looked at as getting canned food when they donate to the food bank. We lean towards fresh produce," she said.

If you plan on volunteering tasks will include harvesting, washing, or bagging the apples.

Volunteers can show up any day of the week, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with the harvest or come to their harvesting event this Saturday.

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