Driving Out Hunger
The Junior League of El Paso (JLEP) will partner with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank in their effort to end the hunger crisis in El Paso by creating a Mobile Food Pantry at an area school. The program will create a brand-new food pantry at a local area school that will distribute food to students and their families. El Paso is the 4th poorest city in Texas and, according to a 2012 U.S. Census Bureau report, 25% of its population lives below the poverty line, with at least 135,000 children at risk for food insecurity. The consequences of hunger and food insecurity effect the physical well-being of our fellow El Pasoans, and equally as important, it creates a greater risk for poor cognitive function. Tackling the problem of child hunger seeks to alleviate causes of poor mental and physical health of our children, who are the future.
JLEP will work to set-up and successfully run a mobile school food pantry to be turned over to the school at the end of the 2021 school year. Committee members will work to develop a selection process and criteria for selecting a school from a list of waiting schools. JLEP members will be trained in the creation and set-up of a mobile food pantry at the selected site. JLEP members will work to build a volunteer base and schedule weekly distributions of food to pre-registered students and their families.