We are in the season of giving as we get ready for Thanksgiving then Christmas. This is when a lot of us get together with family and friends and do a lot of eating.
However, there are thousands in our community who are food insecure, meaning they at times don’t have enough to eat because of lack or money or resources. The El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank says they serve 90 thousand food insecure people, 65 thousand of those households include children.
This got me thinking about what kind of resources there are for people, so they don’t go hungry, and what it would be like to be food insecure. I took that challenge for 1 week back in September. The food bank gave me a 40 pound box of food. That was all I could eat for 7 days. During that week, I visited a different agency each day, whose mission is to feed the hungry.
We visited the Salvation Army, The Opportunity Center, a mobile food pantry, and two food banks. We talked to people who are food insecure and who rely on these services for food.
Each person has a different story, a different need for why they rely on the community for a warm meal.
The Food Bank hopes to distribute 14 million pounds of food this year to people all over El Paso.
Friday November 17th you can help. Join me at EPCC’s Rio Grande Campus for their “Pull the Table Cloth Event”. They will accepting food donations to keep the shelves filled at the pantries across town.
The event is from 9am until 1pm.