A local eighth grader created a 24/7 pantry for the community at a local elementary school.
The Heroes Blessings Box is located right in front of Purple Heart Elementary School in Far East El Paso.
The Heroes Blessings Box is a food pantry that collects donations from anyone in the community.
You can pick up food items at anytime, and it is not required to replenish anything you take.
The box is filled with canned goods or non-perishable food.
Jennifer Parker, Purple Heart Elementary School’s principal, tells KTSM this project has been a year in the making. But Manuel Santos, an eighth grade student, made it all possible.
Santos started the idea of the box as a community project with hopes to be an Eagle Scout. He built and designed the box for Purple Heart.
Parker says the box means much more than just food, because of the long term impact it will have, especially on local students.
“One in four children in El Paso go without food each day. So it’s our hope with this Blessings Box and through our partnership with El Paso Fighting Hunger, that we can put food on tables for everyone,” Parker tells KTSM.