Kids Cafe volunteer/groups needed

in southeast Lubbock:  Contact Volunteer@SPFB.org if you / your organization can adopt-a-day to serve hot, nutritious meals prepared by the South Plains Food Bank / Kids Café to 40 kids at the Cricket Court apartments week daily, 4:30-6p.

GO Centers’ listings:

GO Center #324.  South PlainsFood Bank, www.HungersHope.org & THester@SPFB.org or MAsmah@SPFB.org or Volunteer@SPFB.org or Nutrition@SPFB.org & 806-763-3003.  Alleviating hunger, giving hope to the hungry & providing opportunities for persons to break out of the poverty cycle – via 600K lbs. of fresh food/week & daily frozen catch-of-the-day, plus milk & cottage cheese:  daily SPFB/food retrieval from Lubbock WalMart, Sam’s  United grocery stores); food distributed to families through [1] family food boxes picked up at SPFB; [2] food vouchers provided to families through designated agencies & food distributed 1x/month through 230 agencies in 21 counties& [3] on-site feeding of 2.5K meals/week at 18 after-school programs serving hot meals; Kitchen of Hope at IH-27 & 66th/Lubbock; pick-up & delivery from restaurants to area soup kitchens 3x/week.  Since 1983 serving families in the South Plains counties of Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Fisher, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Scurry, Stonewall, Terry & Yoakum.   18+ Kids’ Cafe after-school sites feeding 2,000+ children/day & youth-focused G-Force GRUB Program (Growing Recruits for Urban Business) working at the SPFB’s apple orchard & farm — growing minds, training young entrepreneurs/leaders while they simultaneously help produce food to eat.  Nourishment for the body, mind & soul – breaking the poverty cycle, preventing stunted physical growth & avoiding stunted mental development through healthy food & through enriching educational, entrepreneurial, leadership & team-building information & opportunities.  Involving schools, churches, parents & community members as positive G-Forces in the lives of children.  Offering part-time employment for unemployed & under-employed Lubbock residents at Kids’ Cafes to teach job skills that can lead to full-time employment in related fields.  Incorporating 5-Minute Fitness program – 5 minutes of daily exerciseIdeal collaboration among five GO Centers: SPFB providing food to hungry people; Breedlove Inc. providing dehydrated food to SPFB for food boxes; Salvation Army paying $26 to SPFB for boxes of food for Salvation Army-served people; Lions Club of Lubbock ringing bells to collect money for the Salvation Army Lions International:  45,000 clubs & 1.35M members in 206 countries) & Rotary Club of Lubbock providing $30+K annually to SPFB.  SPFB Kids’ Cafe locations in GO Centers & elsewhere (across Lubbock unless otherwise noted):  Madison Park Community Center (512 N. MLK Blvd.); Mae Simmons Community Center (2004 Oak); Matthews/New Directions Alternative School (417 N. Akron); Asbury United Methodist Church (2005 Ave. T); The ROK (1301 Redbud Ave.); The Bridge (1301 Redbud Ave.); Parkway-Sommerville Center (405 N. MLK Blvd.); Guadalupe Neighborhood Center (123 N. Ave. N); Earl Powell Community Center (325 E. Powers St.; Slaton); Shallowater Boys & Girls Club; Phea Boys & Girls Club (1801 E. 24th); Wilson Boys & Girls Club (3221 59th St.); Optimist Boys & Girls Club (3301 Cornell); Cooper Rawlings Community Center (213 40th St.); Central Lubbock Church of Christ (1409 23rd St.); Cricket Court housing project; Wright Elementary School (1302 Adrian); Arnett Elementary School (701 E. Queens St.); Hodges Elementary School (5001 Ave. P); Stewart Elementary School (4815 46th St.); Hardwick Elementary School (1420 Chicago); Overton Elementary School (2902 Louisville).  Sharba.R.Chowdhury@TTU.edu (MA/English:  Technical Communication; TTU, ’09), has won a $5500 grant for the South Plains Food Bank from Share Our Strength (a national organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger) — first time that SPFB has been awarded funds from www.ShareOurStrength.org Grant was written in the course of writing grants and proposals.  Denise Rudd, Health & Human Services outreach liaison:  DRudd@SPFB.orgMarc.Wernli@HHSC.State.TX.US

GO Center #407.  Cricket Court Housing Project, Pastor Adolphus Cleveland (TheStoneCDC@SBCGlobal.Net) or 806-792-1371;  1102 58th Street, Apartment 101, Lubbock  79412:  Princess at CricketCourt@SuddenLinkMail.com & Trish at Cricket2@SuddenLinkMail.com  Systems of educational enrichment & support for all interested residents from Pre-kindergarten/early childhood, adult basic education, English-as-a-Second Language … through graduate/professional school; twice-weekly worship experiences, South Plains Food Bank Kids Cafe after-school program:  nourishment for the body, mind & soul – breaking the poverty cycle, preventing stunted physical growth & avoiding stunted mental development through healthy foodInterstate Realty Management & Interstate Realty Management Company Education Foundation, Karen Grindel, MSW (KGrindel@Yahoo.com) or 913-486-0684.  Social & educational services for families in public housing  – including $2M+inscholarships since 1991 for worthy students throughout the US who are high school graduates living in Interstate properties & who are pursuing some form of higher education:  in college, trade/professional school or institute.  Also JHoliday@IRMMgmt.com

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