Photo courtesy: El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank
On Thursday, officials with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank announced a $4,000 grant from The Darden Foundation to help provide hunger-relief to El Paso families.
“This city has a population of 833,592 people, with 22.3% of which currently live below the poverty threshold. We feed over 200,000 people annually and that is still not enough, when one in three children goes to bed hungry we must fight harder to combat hunger,” said Susan Goodell C.E.O. of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. “With this grant we can help secure the day to day operations of the food bank, so we can properly serve our community.
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, a member of the Feeding America network, is one of 193 food banks to receive this funding from The Darden Foundation. It is projected that this grant will enable the food bank to fund several initiatives including 130 Soup Kitchens, Shelters and Pantries, of which 14 are located in schools.
According to the news release, the Darden Foundation is “committed to supporting families facing food insecurity in communities across the United States. Their commitment to help is demonstrated through their partnership with Feeding America and their network of 200 food banks across the nation.”
Darden Restaurants throughout El Paso include Olive Garden Italian Kitchen and Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
“Feeding America has worked alongside The Darden Foundation for seven years in the fight to end hunger,” food bank officials shared, “Thanks to their ongoing support, the Feeding America network has been able to help provide even more meals to families in need.”
“The funds will be used to more effectively and efficiently run the day to day operations of the food bank,” officials added.