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Officials with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank (EPFH) announced new distribution sites around the city, as the organization is experiencing a unique demand for emergency food boxes from individuals and families in need of assistance.
“To meet the evolving needs due to the spread of COVID-19 – coronavirus – EPFH has teamed up with local partner agencies to set-up Mega Pantry distribution sites throughout El Paso starting Monday, March 23, 2020,” officials shared via a news release Saturday afternoon.
The Mega Pantry sites will be set-up as “drive-through” distribution points to ensure the safest handling of food, distribution as well as limit physical contact with community members.
Recipients picking up food do not need to get out of their vehicle; a volunteer will place a pre-packaged box of food in their vehicle.
The distribution schedule will be Monday through Friday from 10AM-2PM at the following locations:
Northeast – Katie’s Pantry – 4801 Sun Valley
Central – Kelly Center for Hunger Relief – 915 N. Florence
Lower Valley – Camino de Vida – 7822 San Jose Rd.
Socorro/Clint/San Elizario – El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank – 9541 Plaza Circle
Starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020
West – Abundant Living Faith Center West – 7100 N. Desert Blvd.
“EPFH is built to support the community during uncertain times like these, everyone is experiencing this for the first time,” officials added. “EPFH would like to thank staff, volunteers, donors and community members for their understanding and continued support.”
EPFH is actively consulting with state officials, health care facilities, and a network of partner agencies to ensure access to food for the most vulnerable members of our communities during this situation. EPFH will continue to assess new distribution points and will provide information on new locations once confirmed.
The initial response and focus are for senior citizens who have been negatively impacted by the closing of 12 city run senior centers and 8 county run senior centers.
So far, EPFH has distributed more than 3000 boxes to over 2,500 residents within the past 48 hours.
However, it is impossible for EPFH to be able to do this difficult work without the support of our community members. EPFH needs to recruit 80 volunteers (40 per shift AM and PM) per day as quickly as possible.
Volunteers need to be in good health and a minimum of 16 years old. EPFH has implemented a health and hygiene protocol to keep volunteers safe.
Community members who are able to volunteer can contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Miranda Chapman, at 915-247-0257 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People who cannot volunteer are strongly encouraged to assist EPFH with monetary donations by going to online or by text message by texting FeedingElPaso to 243725. $1 equates to 7 meals.