While the Home Delivery program of the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank (EPFH) had been busy with as many as 15 deliveries a day to COVID-19 affected individuals, officials say that demand is now on the rise.
On Tuesday EPFH officials shared that, over the last few weeks, there has been a major influx of people calling and stating they have tested positive for COVID-19. That spike has directly led to the program now making a minimum of 20 deliveries per day to recipients that have tested positive for the virus.
“These individuals receive emergency deliveries, one or two total deliveries per recipient of an emergency food box once a week for two weeks,” officials added.
In total the Home Delivery program is currently making 1,340 home deliveries to individuals who are seniors, shut-ins, disabled, have lost their transportation, and are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A recent article in Forbes Magazine put the entire situation into perspective:
“Volunteers are needed. Donations are needed. Funding is needed. And, looking out for your neighbor is vital. There are no individual solutions to this growing problem. It will literally take the village.”
To that end, EPFH Food Bank officials are renewing their calls for both donations and volunteers to assist with all facets in the distribution process.