Soldiers bring low-cost produce to El Paso community

Soldiers bring low-cost produce to El Paso community
Photo by Sgt. Edward A. Garibay, 16th MPAD
Military News

POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 9:12pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 9:13pm

Eating healthy should not cost so darn much. So why should people have to pay an arm and a leg to bring them home to the dinner table?

They no longer have to.

One Fort Bliss Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Lang, decided to skip the grocery market all together and stop paying high prices by participating in a program called Bountiful Baskets. The program lowers costs by only using volunteers and buying in bulk from across the country.

Unfortunately, Bountiful Baskets did not exist in El Paso, when Lang and his wife arrived, so they decided to become lead volunteers and bring the savings here.

Every other week, participants meet at a pick-up site on the west side of El Paso and work together to unload food from a tractor-trailer into baskets for themselves and other participants to pick up.

When it’s all said and done, the Langs and other volunteers provide the El Paso community the opportunity to purchase about $50 worth of produce for only $15.

“It’s a good thing,” said Lang, talking about the Bountiful Baskets program. “It helps out the community and it helps families out.”

Not only is it a great value, but participating in Bountiful Baskets is also much faster than shopping at a store, said Staff Sgt. Steven Williams, another Soldier who volunteers and participates in the program.

“I know for my family, we get two weeks worth of food and it’s less time shopping,” he said. “It’s awesome. It’s also great to help the community. It’s very seldom you can be a part of a great, big, military community like El Paso.”

El Pasoans and Fort Bliss Soldiers can also look forward to even more convenience, since another Bountiful Basket pick-up site is in the works for the east side of town, said Lang.

While it may be hard to eat healthy this day in age, Soldiers like Lang and Williams are doing their part to help the community do so.

To sign up or gather more information about Bountiful Baskets visit www.bountifulbaskets.org. 

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