MLK Day food drive kicks off

MLK Day food drive kicks off
MGN Online
Positively El Paso
Friday, January 3, 2014 - 11:44pm

The City and County of El Paso are honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday through their 14th Annual MLK Canned Food Drive, which began Friday.

The drive's kick-off event was held at the Walmart Supercenter, 5631 Dyer St. Friday morning, and will benefit nine shelters in el paso including The Center Against Family Violence, La Fe Montana Vista Community & Resource Center, The El Paso Rescue Mission, The Opportunity Center for the Homeless, The Salvation Army and others, La Posada Home, El Paso Villa Maria, and the Reynolds Home.

"The process is simple. You just come in to your grocery store... donate at the drop-off container, and drop off your food and it'll be coordinated to be picked up and given to the needy," said Walmart store manager Luis Ramirez.

District 4 City Rep. Carl Robinson, the food drive's chair, estimates about 1,400 people who are homeless at any given time in the Sun City will benefit from your donations.

"All the shelters operate on donations and grants. This plays a small part in helping them with their efforts," he said.

If you'd like to donate any non-perishable goods, you can do so at any of the following locations through Jan. 20th.

Big 8 Food Stores
City Hall
One Stop Shop
County Courthouse
El Paso Juvenile Justice Center
Public Libraries
Sheriff's Department Facilities
Wal-Mart Stores
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets

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