El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank and the Salvation Army are two non-profits NewsChannel 9 is supporting as part of our parent company’s Founder’s Day.

It’s a day where the 115 stations owned by Nexstar Broadcasting serve the community. NewsChannel 9 is giving back to the people of El Paso and organizations that are committed to lending a helping hand to those in need.

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger is the only food bank in the Sun City. In 2014 and 2015, they distributed over 9-million pounds of food each year,

“There are 131,000 food insecure people in El Paso,” said Victor Nevarez, CEO for EPFH.

Nevarez says 69,000 of those people are children. EPFH distributes food to 114 pantries in the Borderland. The organization was officially established 3 years ago. During that time Nevarez said they’ve been able to grow their contributions to the community with the help of volunteers like Josue Talavera.

“It feels very good to know that I’m actually doing something for the community,” said Talavera, a college student who is spending part of his summer volunteering.

Talavera is one of 6,500 volunteers that goes to the warehouse each year to dedicate his time to make a difference in strangers’ lives. 

Nevarez adds, “We require all El Pasoans to support us. It’s not my food bank, it’s not the employees’ food bank, it’s the whole community’s food bank.”

EPFH isn’t the only organization helping families in the Borderland, the folks at Salvation Army provide up to 200 meals every day.

For 117 years, the Salvation Army has been a place thousands of El Pasoans can rely on to get back on their feet.

“When broken families are in the street and come to us, we provide them a room to sleep and a hot meal so they can feel loved — that’s our mission,” says Major Luis Viera.

The organization is recognized nationwide by its red shield and for living up to its motto – giving hope those who need it the most. Major Viera says 92% of the families who stay in their shelters come back to share their stories of success.

“It’s not me or our staff, it’s the hundreds and thousands of volunteers that is behind the organization,” he says.