Have you ever been worried about something, something so big that it occupied your mind all of the time? You go to bed worrying about it, you have nightmares about it and you wake up worrying about it. It could be something to do with your job or school, it could be an argument with a spouse of family member. But, what if it was how you were going to feed your family? According to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger (EPFH), there are 827,398 people in El Paso of which 25% live below the poverty line ($23,500 income for a family of 4). Last month, they had a record-breaking distribution, 922,159 pounds of food, that depleted their inventory.
34.8% of those living below the poverty line are children. Even though EPISD offers a free summer meals program for children under 18, that program ends on July 29th, almost a MONTH before school starts again. That is a month where families who rely on the free lunches that their children get during the school year AND the free summer meals program will have to find a way to stock their pantries. A month is a long time to worry.
Now the food bank is asking for your help. EPFH is the ONLY food bank in El Paso and about 65% of their revenue comes from individual donations. According to KFOX, “Food bank officials say they especially need money donations and food obtained through large food drives by companies and other organizations.” If you or your organization is interested in doing a food drive, you can get information here. You can donate money to EPFH by clicking here.
Even if you are unable to donate food or money, please consider donating your time. Have a High School Student who needs volunteer hours? El Pasoans Fighting For Hunger could also use their help. You can get more information and download an application here.
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead
El Pasoans Fighting For Hunger “is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves as a clearinghouse to solicit, inspect, repack and distribute surplus and donated food to a network of agency partners to address the high rates of hunger, poor nutrition, and related health problems of children and adults in El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson counties.”