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El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank has been assigned 95 National Guard professionals by the Texas governor to actively support the food bank’s COVID-19 response effort.
“We appreciate the help and support the National Guard soldiers are providing during this local and global crisis. Their efforts couldn’t have come at a better time,” stated Tom Cihonski, Chief Operations Officer.
National Guard COVID-19 response missions include, but are not limited to: traffic control, support with daily food distributions at 5 sites, warehouse processing support, general warehouse support, and assisting with administrative tasks. National Guard members will provide support Monday through Saturday, 40 hours per week.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in March, the food bank has faced a soaring demand and are serving more families and individuals struggling with hunger.
So far, EP Fighting Hunger has given out more than 90,000 emergency food boxes to over 28,000 families at 5 major distribution sites and several mobile sites per week.
EPFH is working to ensure that individuals impacted by COVID-19 and related disruptions continue to have the nutritious food they need.
The food bank’s crisis team is partnered with Feeding America, the network of 200 food banks, and local partners to ensure the safest handling of food and distributions to our communities.