El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank (EPFH) received a $20,000 grant to purchase refrigerators for partner pantries to store and distribute produce. The grant was part of a larger grant of $123,924 for food, transportation, and EPFH’s Capital Campaign and was given by the Burkitt Foundation, a supporting organization of the El Paso Community Foundation.
Veterans Non Profit is one of the 11 pantries receiving a refrigerator. Veterans Non Profit supports low income veterans and their families with their most basic needs and is a partner pantry of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, the distribution center for 121 pantries.
The refrigerator was delivered along with produce that was rescued from local grocery chains that would otherwise be thrown out.
“Our mission is to feed the hungry,” Chief Executive Officer Victor Nevarez said. “Every day we find ways to enhance our distribution process. The purchase of these refrigerators, as a result of the Burkitt Foundation gives, 11 of our 121 pantries the opportunity to store fresh produce to give a healthy food option to those in need.”
National Restaurant Supply furnished the refrigerators at below cost.