For three years, the Hub City Hog Fest has been working to end hunger in Spartanburg, S.C., and the surrounding areas by raising awareness of food insecurity and funds to benefit Mobile Meals of Spartanburg.
The Hub City Hog Fest began as a way to blend a love for barbecue with a passion for ending hunger and has since turned into one of the largest community events in the area.
“It's incredible,” said Grey Wicker, founder of Hub City Hog Fest. “It gives you goose bumps to know there was a void there, and you filled it. It takes a whole town to do it. This is basically Spartanburg's barbecue competition. It's a lot of work and takes a lot of people to put this on. We are very excited. Our goal is to raise as much as we can; every dollar counts."
This year, Food Lion Feeds provided more than 4,000 pounds of meat, the equivalent of 53,000 meals, for more than 40 barbecue teams to cook at the event. In total, The Hub City Hog Fest raised more than $77,000 for the mobile food pantry.
The event was such a success, in fact, thousands turned out to attend, eat barbecue, listen to local bands and give back to a great cause.
“Our local homebound seniors need help with obtaining nutritious, hot, freshly-cooked meals," said Jayne McQueen, president and CEO of Mobile Meals. "The daily fellowship between the Mobile Meals recipients and our volunteers is an added blessing for both the recipients and volunteers. With the assistance of partners like Food Loin throughout the year, lives are greatly improved."