Gallery+Story: Kelly Memorial Food Pantry continues to assist El Pasoans during Covid surge

As the region deals with the Covid-19 surge, Kelly Memorial Food Pantry is looking for El Pasoans to help their neighbors as we roll into November and the upcoming Holiday Season.

“COVID has exorbitantly impacted El Pasoans, and we are extremely thankful for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger for their daily donations of food to distribute to our community,” officials share.

In 2019, officials with KMFP share that they served an average of 2,500 families a month. Since COVID, their average weekly number of families served is 5000.

To volunteer at Kelly, no prior registration is required. Volunteering is usually outside with masks and gloves on. Lunch is provided and we encourage volunteers to spread out in our dining room to eat. Our hours of operation for the pantry are 9-2 on Tuesdays thru Fridays and 9-12 on Saturdays.

Volunteer shifts run from 8:30-2:15 Tuesday through Friday and 8:30-12:30 on Saturdays. Volunteers are also welcome to make half days of their shifts or stay as long as they are able.

“We provide a COVID screening at check-in and ask that volunteers do not come to volunteer if they are waiting on COVID testing results,” officials add.

Kelly also serves the community through its elaborate and comprehensive FreshStart program, the second of its kind in the US. FreshStart recruits members from the Kelly line looking for potential members who are willing to work on three tangible goals that could help them and their families no longer need the Kelly Pantry for food.

“The team is staffed with social workers who use motivational interviewing to connect clients with resources, jobs, and health care in the El Paso community,” KMFP officials add. “Currently, FreshStart has about 100 members working towards their goals for food, housing, and work security.”

Please call at 915-261-7499 for more information, or visit their social media pages:

Gallery by Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post