Photo courtesy El Paso Community Foundation

New partnership provides meals to Frontline Healthcare Workers

Wednesday morning, officials with the El Paso Community Foundation announced a fiscal partnership with Feed the Frontline, El Paso, the first clinician meal-support program in El Paso.

Formed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Feed the Frontline, El Paso uses donations to purchase and deliver meals from local, financially challenged restaurants to feed area hospital staff — FREE of charge.

The partnership allows Feed the Frontline to accept tax-deductible gifts, as well as expand current and sustain future operations.

In its first four weeks, Feed the Frontline, El Paso delivered more than 1,600 meals to 14 different medical facilities in the El Paso area. It has scheduled nearly 400 meals for this week.

“We are incredibly grateful for the El Paso Community Foundation’s desire and willingness to help strengthen our network and support frontline workers putting their lives at risk on our behalf,” El Pasoan Vanessa Martinez, founder of Feed the Frontline, El Paso, said. “Feeding our healthcare heroes while supporting local restaurant owners remains our first priority, and we are excited to continue in this work.”

With the El Paso Community Foundation’s help, Feed the Frontline, El Paso recently received a $5,000 donation from Marathon Petroleum. Additionally, TFCU has donated $5,000. The combined contributions will provide over 1,000 meals.

Meals cost an average of $8-$10 per serving. Preparation adheres to strict guidelines for ingredients and preparation.

The initiative’s founders encourage the community to make donations to Feeding the Frontline, El Paso, instead of directly to hospitals, which will streamline the process of feeding hospital workers, alleviate stress on overburdened hospital administrators and ensure resources are dispensed according to need.

To date, it has raised more than $22,500, with a goal of $30,000. 100% of donated funds go directly to local restaurants serving hospital workers.

To donate, visit Feed the Frontline El Paso or the Community Foundation’s page. “Even the smallest donation counts,” Martinez said.

Community sponsorships are available — and encouraged. For more information, email