Photo courtesy El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank

Annual food drive with Chihuahuas, Whataburger, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger sets record

A little over a week after their ‘triple-play’ against hunger, officials with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank released the results of their annual food and donation drive.

Wednesday, May 29th should have been the start of the fifth annual food drive sponsored by Chihuahuas and Whataburger, but the food drive was delayed due to the Chihuahuas not receiving their equipment.

“The cancellation on Wednesday affected us a little bit,” said Racquel Franco Brand Development Coordinator for Whataburger. “We’re just trying to service as many El Pasoans as possible.”

While these unfortunate circumstances might have played a role in the loss for the team on Thursday, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger volunteers and Whataburger staff quickly sprang into action and managed to score a huge win by collecting a record setting $3,440.00 in monetary donations over the weekend.

“The difference this year was a higher number of staff and volunteers from our partnered organization.All three groups pushed the drive even harder to make up for the lost day,” said Adrian Arvizo, the Corporate Partnership Services Coordinator for the Chihuahuas. “The first night’s collection was just as big as our biggest collection day last year; which fell on a Saturday,”

Chihuahuas fans who donated three or more canned goods, non-perishable food items, or a minimum dollar contribution received a free burger coupon from Whataburger.

Along with the food drive at the stadium, Whataburger staff members, as well as several of the Chihuahuas players, staff and even Chico himself, volunteered for the food bank on Saturday.

While the most recent drive was a success, donations are always welcome.  More more information on how to donate, visit the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger donation website.