I often reflect on the thousands of children in our community who do not have enough to eat. The holiday season especially tugs at my heart as I witness families trying to find a way to provide meals for their household. The El Pasoans Fighting Hunger School Pantry Program is a solution that we have developed to provide families in low-income elementary, middle schools, and high schools, an opportunity to take home much needed food in the evenings and on weekends.
At a recent school pantry distribution at Helen Ball Elementary School, a mother named Elena was able to “go shopping” for her family. Elena has several health issues that prevent her from holding down a full time job. Unfortunately, Elena does not always have the financial resources to provide complete and nutritious meals for her family. After attending the School Pantry distribution, chicken and vegetables was on the menu for Elena’s family for dinner.
Elena’s story is not unique. There are thousands of families like Elena’s that need your help, not just during the Holiday Season, but every day of the year. Your donation is a true gift to those who do not have enough to eat on a daily basis. On behalf of the Staff and Board, thank you for helping us feed our community. We cannot fulfill our mission of feeding the hungry without you.
Warm wishes for a joyful holiday season,
Susan E. Goodell
Chief Executive Officer