Photo courtesy El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank
According to officials from the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank (EPFH), the demand for food assistance in the Borderland increased prior to Thanksgiving, and shows no sign of slowing down.
On Monday, official shared that, during the last two weeks of November, their food bank has seen an increase of 25 percent in the number of clients needing emergency food.
“Each day food distribution sites are serving an average of 9,000 to 10,000 families,” Marty Otero EPFH Director of Communications shared. “…with the spike in Coronavirus cases in El Paso comes a greater need to provide nutritious food to those who are COVID-19 positive.”
The increase is across the board, with their home delivery program seeing similar increases.
“Through the Home Delivery program, the food bank is making, on average and on a daily basis, 130 deliveries to individuals who have tested positive and are in quarantine,” officials added.
The Home Delivery program is also making deliveries to shut-in seniors and those with disability issues. The program is currently serving:
- 1,400 – Seniors (per week)
- 293 – disabled individuals (per week)
- 140 emergency food box deliveries per day 700 per week
As for the wait list, EPFH officials say that there are 275 Seniors on the waitlist, as well as 150 disabled individuals on the waitlist for assistance.
The Home Delivery program gets about 200 calls per day, which includes emails and applications.
With the trend expected to continue throughout the holiday season, both donations and volunteers are needed; for more information, visit the EPFH webiste.