“We are grateful for Albertsons support and commitment to the community,” said Warren E. Goodell, Executive Director of Kelly Center for Hunger Relief. | Photo courtesy Kelly Center
On Friday, officials with the Kelly Center for Hunger Relief thanked its community partner Albertsons for its generous donation of 100 shopping carts.
According to officials, the cart donation will assist the center in continuing to provide safe and efficient emergency food support to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are grateful for Albertsons support and commitment to the community,” said Warren E. Goodell, Executive Director of Kelly Center for Hunger Relief.
“This generous donation of shopping carts will assist the Kelly Memorial Food Pantry to distribute much needed emergency food support more efficiently. It is through the help of community partners like Albertsons and others that we are able to continue our mission to feed El Pasoans in need.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kelly Center for Hunger Relief – located at 915 North Florence Street – operates the Kelly Memorial Food Pantry as a drive-thru service from its parking lot.
The shopping carts, donated by Albertsons, will be used to enable a new model of food distribution, helping to make it faster and easier to deliver food to those in line waiting in their cars, keep volunteers inside and out of the elements, improve food safety by keeping cooled and frozen food out of the sun, eliminate most daily outdoor set-up and teardown tasks and enhance overall sustainability.
“Albertsons would like to thank the Kelly Center for Hunger Relief for helping to keep El Pasoans fed during this pandemic,” said Brian Limones, Store Manager for Albertsons. “The Kelly Memorial Food Pantry staff and volunteers are doing a tremendous job throughout these diverse times and for that, Albertsons and its employees are very grateful.”
During the crisis, the Kelly Food Bank has served up to 1,250 families per day. This new system will help the food bank double its capacity, if needed.
As the number of regional distribution sites decrease, the donated shopping carts will help reduce the time needed to distribute food as overflow grows.
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