Gallery+Story: El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank $1M check presentation

Thursday morning, the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger (EPFH) Food Bank, in partnership with the Paul L. Foster Family Foundation, Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation, and MountainStar Sports Group Foundation, announced they had reached their matching grant goal of raising $1 million to support families grappling with food insecurity and the economic impacts of COVID-19.

“The Food Bank is grateful to everyone in El Paso who has given to support their friends, neighbors, and family members during this crisis, and especially to the community leaders that have spearheaded our fundraising efforts,” said Stuart Schwartz, EPFH Food Bank Board Chair.

“The incredibly generous $1 million matching grant from the Paul L. Foster Family Foundation, the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation, and MountainStar Sports Group Foundation helped us raise an additional $1 million. And now Community en Acción’s matching challenge is allowing us to fulfill our mission of alleviating food insecurity, especially in the middle of a pandemic. Their generosity demonstrates the kind of leadership and solidarity that makes El Paso a great place to live.  We are thankful to the community for meeting the first matching grant and ask for your support in the new challenge.”

To continue the momentum, Community en Acción (CEA)  announced a $100,000 donation to the Food Bank and, coupled with two other anonymous donations, issued a new $600,000 fundraising challenge to the community to continue donating to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

Since the pandemic began, EPFH Food Bank has risen to meet the challenges by  distributing up to 11,000 emergency food boxes daily through its 5 mega-distribution locations and mobile pantries in El Paso, Culberson and Hudspeth Counties.

In fact, the Food Bank spent $1.67 million in just the first month of its COVID-19 response, which accounted for more than half of its pre-COVID-19 annual budget. Seeing the need for additional funds, EPFH sought the help of the community, and local business and community leaders answered the call.

For more information on how to contribute to the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, click here or call (915) 298-0353.

Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was at the news conference, and we bring you his view of the event via this gallery.