Pop-up Food Pantry available in Levelland Saturday - FOX34 Lubbock

Pop-up Food Pantry available in Levelland Saturday

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News release:

The South Plains agriculture community, South Plains Food Bank and Hillside Christian Church will come together to host a Pop-Up Food Pantry, Saturday, May 30, at Levelland High School parking lot. The drive-thru event will begin at 9 a.m. and will run until supplies last.

Packs will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, limit on per vehicle. There are 500 packs available to families in need, and no verification will be required to receive food.

“We call this area home and have seen how hard the COVID-19 pandemic has hit,” said McKenzie Hettinga, a dairy farmer from Farwell, Texas, said. “We are grateful that we are able to provide safe and nutritious dairy products for our communities to provide some stability as we work through this together.”

Each pack contains:
* 1 box of canned goods - donated by the South Plains Food Bank
* 1 dairy box - donated by the South Plains Food Bank
* 1 dozen eggs - donated by Cal-Maine Foods
* 1 fresh produce box - donated by the South Plains Food Bank
* 3 gallons of milk - donated by Sarah Farms
* 5 lbs. of ground beef - donated by Cactus Cares and Red Raider Meats
* 5 lbs. of potatoes - donated by Larsen Farms
* Fresh fruit - donated by United Market Street

“We are excited that Hillside Christian Church and Cactus Cares asked the South Plains Food Bank to partner with them to distribute food to families in Levelland as a result of COVID-19,” David Weaver, CEO of the South Plains Food Bank, said. “There are so many families in our communities who never expected to need help with food and then the economic effects of the coronavirus shutdown and turned their lives upside down. We could not address the needs of our community without caring partners who willingly give time, food and funds to make sure families are fed.”

According to the SPFB, requests for food assistance have increased nearly 20-fold throughout the panhandle network since mid-March. In addition, SPFB’s distribution has increased 61% since March, and since April 12 distributed over a million pounds of food, when usually around this time distribute between 500,000 and 700,000 pounds.

“The beef industry is grateful to provide high quality protein to those who have been affected by this pandemic,” said Wayne Craig, Executive Director of Cactus Cares. “During this time each of our industries has a commitment to continue their focus on feeding a hungry world, family, friend and neighbors. This is just one more way for us to accomplish our mission.”

Recipients should enter the parking lot on the north side of the high school via Cactus Drive, then southbound on Alamo Road. Volunteers from Hillside Christian Church will assemble packs as cars move through the line.

Supporters of the event include Cactus Care, Cal-Maine Foods, City of Levelland, Hillside Christian Church, Larsen Farms, Raider Red Meats, Sarah Farms, South Plains Food Bank, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and United Market Street.

Logistic Information:

South Plains Pop-Up Food Pantry?Levelland High School - Parking lot, 1400 Hickory St.
Saturday, May 30
9 a.m. until supplies last

Recipient logistics:
* Enter Levelland High School parking lot on the north side of campus via Cactus Drive, then southbound on Alamo Road.
* Packs will only be provided to recipients in a vehicle. No foot of bicycle traffic allowed.
* 500 food packs will be given on first-come, first-serve basis.
* Limit one pack per vehicle.
* No verification required to receive food.

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