El Paso — Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and some families are struggling to save enough money to buy themselves a holiday meal. But for some 36 million people in the USA and thousands right here in our community dealing with the reality of hunger everyday is a real problem.
Organizers with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger say 220,000 residents may not have the means to celebrate some holiday traditions.
"This tends to be a real stressful time for families because they're expected by their kids to have stuff for them and have food and it's hard," Adriann Vasquez, a teacher at Hueco Middle School, says.
EPFH works with the community to feed the hungry but this year has been especially challenging.
"Right now we are facing a real big shortage on food and donations both monetary donations and food donations." Luis Cervantes, the Food Resource Coordinator for EPFH says.
On average, food banks across the country give 74 pounds of food per person per year, "With us we're at about 30 pounds." Cervantes adds.
That's why they have teamed up with 2 middle schools - Hueco and Hernando. "Just collecting non-perishable canned food items and all that stuff and donate them to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger," Kayla Mendoza, a student at Hueco says.
In fact, Mendoza says Hernando will host a dance next friday. Part of the entry fee will be a non-perishable food item... but it doesn't stop there. "We are definitely challenging every other school especially because every other middle schools out there in the Socorro district to come out and help out and give back to our communities," Vasquez says.
They need more food to help families provide meals, not just for the holidays, but throughout the seasons. "We figure out a way to get some food in people's hands," Cervantes says.
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger say they work with 122 companies throughout the city to distribute food.
EL PASOANS FIGHTING HUNGER WEBSITE: http://www.elpasoansfightinghunger.org/