Photo courtesy El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank
In an effort to fight hunger in local communities during this holiday season, Wells Fargo is announced a $35,000 donation to Feeding America member El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.
Millions of people nationwide face hunger every holiday season. And this year, the COVID-19 pandemic thrust even more Americans into this vulnerable position. Unfortunately, hunger in El Paso is also a problem of unprecedented scale.
According to FeedingAmericaAction.org, the projected 2020 food insecurity rate in Texas is 18.6%.
“Hunger is a year-round issue which is even more pronounced during the holidays. And this year, due to the pandemic, the need for food is unfortunately much greater than ever before,” said David O’Neil, Wells Fargo South Texas/El Paso Region Bank President. “Wells Fargo is deeply committed to the communities we serve and we are glad to present a check for $35,000 so that El Pasoans Fighting Hunger can continue providing meals to people in need. There are many hearts and one community, and we humbly join others in solidarity to help during these tough times.”
Wells Fargo has a long-standing relationship with Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country, and its network of 200 member food banks, which includes El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.
All of these local food banks are receiving grants so they can provide meals for families in need.
“This donation will help us to put food on the table for additional individuals and families in El Paso that have fallen on hard times due to the pandemic or other reasons,” said Susan Goodell, CEO of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. “We thank Wells Fargo for the funding this holiday season as well as for the support they provide throughout the year to address the critical issue of hunger.”
Earlier this year, Wells Fargo launched a nationwide Drive-Up Food Bank program, in which the company helped reach families facing hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic by working with local Feeding America member food banks to reach more people by distributing food at some of the company’s branches and corporate locations.
In El Paso, more than 639,700 meals and 796,445 pounds of food were served in collaboration with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger from August 1, 2020 to October 17, 2020.
Through the end of the year, Wells Fargo will direct grants to the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, fulfilling upon the company’s previous commitment to help provide 82 million meals to families in need.