FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: South Plains Food Bank receives 10,530 lbs. of apples

The United Family donates more than 50,000 pounds of apples across Texas and New Mexico as part of the Take a Bite Out of Hunger™ program

South Plains Food Bank receives 10,530 lbs. of apples

LUBBOCK, Texas — On Thursday, The United Family donated 10,530 pounds of apples to the South Plains Food Bank as part of the annual Take a Bite Out of Hunger™ program. This donation is part of a larger donation of more than 50,000 pounds of apples across Texas and New Mexico.

For 14 years, The United Family has partnered with FirstFruits to continue the Take a Bite Out of Hunger program. During that time, the two companies have donated more than 600,000 pounds of apples and fed more than 167,000 families.

“The United Family feels very blessed to be in the position to be making these donations for the fourteenth year in a row,” said Joseph Bunting, produce business director for The United Family. “We know just how important donations of fresh produce can be for food banks and their clients. We are so thankful for this partnership with FirstFruits and the hard work of our team members across Texas and New Mexico.”

This donation marks a continuing commitment by The United Family as an original partner of the Take a Bite Out of Hunger program, sponsored by FirstFruits of Washington. FirstFruits created the program to help feed those in need while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity across the country.

“South Plains Food Bank is honored to be a recipient of Take a Bite out of Hunger again this year,” said Dina Jefferies, CEO of the South Plains Food Bank. “This partnership is so important to us and allows us to provide the community with fresh produce. Without generous partners like The United Family and FirstFruits, we would not be able to serve the community in the manner that we do. As food insecurity on the South Plains continues to rise, we are more grateful than ever to have organizations join us in the fight against hunger.”

“Washington state had one of the largest apple crops this season,” said Aimee Peters, business development manager for FirstFruits. “We’re proud to partner with retailers like United Supermarkets who participate in our Take a Bite Out of Hunger program to support apple volume movement from our farm to their customers while also investing in their communities to donate fresh apples to neighborhoods that are underserved of fresh, nutritious foods. Cheers to our 14th year of partnership on this program! We appreciate the support.”

Food Banks Receiving Donations:

  • South Plains Food Bank – Lubbock, TX
  • High Plains Food Bank – Amarillo, TX
  • Food Bank of West Central Texas – Abilene, TX
  • Minnie’s Food Pantry – Dallas, TX
  • West Texas Food Bank – Odessa/Midland, TX
  • Wichita Falls Area Food Bank – Wichita Falls, TX
  • Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico – Clovis, NM
  • Roadrunner Food Bank – Albuquerque, NM
  • Storehouse NM – Albuquerque, NM

Media Contacts:


Joey Marcades                                                                           Abie Rampy

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