Food Bank Struggles with Low Donations and High Demand for Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:37pm

EL PASO - Hundreds of families in the Borderland won't be able to afford a Thanksgiving meal.

The West Texas Food Bank, which supplies more than 220,000 people in El Paso County with food, said donations went down while demand went up. The food bank's director, Ruben Sanchez, said he hasn't seen it this bad it years.

"Right now with our inventory and the stock, we're going to only be able to feed 80,000," said Sanchez.

With Thanksgiving now just days away volunteers have been busy at the food bank sorting through thousands of cans of donated food to help as many families as possible, despite the drop in donations.

"Those same people that are becoming part of the families that we help are the same people who used to help us." The West Texas Food Bank works with more than 120 local organizations like homeless shelters and churches to get the food to the families that need it. Those families can then save money on gas and transportation because they can pick up the food close to home.

"We're looking for all kinds of donations, from dry goods to turkeys, as long and they're frozen we'll take it here at the food bank," said Sanchez.

You can drop off any food donations at the West Texas Food Bank on the Eastside.

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