Lubbock Pop-Up Pantry>
On Saturday June 13th, 2,000 Lubbock families in need received fresh food during the South Plains Agriculture Pop-Up Food Pantry. We were honored to partner with fellow agricultural producers, the City of Lubbock, Hillside Christian Church, the South Plains Food Bank, and Texas Tech University to host this event.
“This community feeding event is made possible by the generosity of our local agriculture community,” said Mayor Dan Pope. “Our goal is to provide fresh and healthy food to thousands of Lubbock families who have been affected by COVID-19. The City of Lubbock is thankful for our community partners including South Plains Food Bank, Hillside Christian Church and Texas Tech University for safely organizing this event.”
Packs were given on a first-come, first-serve basis to families in need.
Each pack contained:
Apples, bananas and reusable bags – donated by United Supermarkets
Cheese blocks – donated by Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.
Eggs – donated by Cal-Maine Foods
Lentil dried soup – donated by Breedlove
Milk – donated by Sarah Farms
Ground beef – donated by Cactus Cares, Texas Tech University Meat Science and Raider Red Meats
Potatoes – donated by Larsen Farms
Produce boxes – donated by South Plains Food Bank
According to the South Plains Food Bank Chief Executive Officer, David Weaver, since mid-March, the number of food insecure people in the counties served has increased from around 98,000 to over 125,000 due to the economic impact of COVID-19.
“People who never imagined asking for help feeding themselves and their families are turning to the South Plains Food Bank and our network of partners. That is why we are grateful to once again partner with Hillside Christian Church and our local agriculture community for a special distribution of food for our Lubbock community just as we did in Levelland a couple of weeks ago. Too many families are now faced with the choice of choosing between food or other basic needs. Their lives have been turned upside down right here in Lubbock. To have caring partners come together as one, with a willingness to stand up to help fight hunger and make sure families are fed, makes the South Plains Food Bank proud to serve in any way we can.”
“Cactus Cares is grateful to have partnered with the local agriculture community, churches, government, and food bank in order to help provide high quality food to those who have been affected by this pandemic,” said Wayne Craig, Executive Director of Cactus Cares. “Each of our industries has a commitment to serve our community, and it has been an honor to be a part of this partnership to reach out and help our neighbors.”