Spring Break Leaves Children Hungry
POSTED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 9:51pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:12pm
EL PASO — What do you think of when you hear the words "spring break? One of the last things on your mind is probably getting enough to eat, but for over 100,000 children in El Paso, that will be their biggest challenge.
When kids leave school for a week, they don't get a school lunch,.and too often, their families don't have enough money to put food on the table at home.
"What we see during the school breaks, during the weekends, over the summer, is children that have a need that are getting their two meals a day at school aren't eating during the weekends, during spring break, during the summer. So, we try to augment that through our pantry system and issue more food and raise awareness,” said Ruben sanchez from El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.
On Friday, Wells Fargo Bank donated $4,000 to help feed children in The Borderland. With help from the community, Ruben Sanchez and his organization send many kids home from school on a Friday afternoon with bags of food. They hope that is enough to get them through the weekend.
“The teachers have already identified that and when an organization sponsors a school, we are able to provide that to the entire school,” said Sanchez.
Sanchez says that many El Pasoans who didn't need help before, now depend on donated food.
"They never thought they'd be in this predominant. They recently lost their job. They had a good job that they didn't think they were going to be leaving their job anytime soon. The organization just up and left the community, and they were stranded here,” said Sanchez.
The food bank provides about half the food that children need when they’re out of school. They stock extra food during the annual spring break, but it still runs out.
"Right now, we are seeing the need rise in El Paso County, but with that need rising, we are seeing donations decline because the people who used to donate to us aren't donating anymore,” said Sanchez.
If you want to donate you can go to ElPasoansFightingHunger.org or call their offices at 915-595-1060.