The 18th annual MLK Canned Food Drive is underway; have you made time to go through your cupboards and see if you can help the citywide effort to re-stock local food pantries?

The sad reality is that many El Pasoans face each day with no guarantee of where their next meal is coming from, and the majority of those skipping meals, or eating less than they should, are children.

According to the most recent Food Insecure Report released by the USDA, El Paso County has over 177,000 people who are food insecure, and more than 85,000 of them are children.

Those stats break my heart. My parents didn't make a whole lot of money, but we always had enough to eat. Even now it’s not something my family or I worry too much about, but many of my and your neighbors do and it shouldn’t have to be that way.

So please join me in keeping Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of serving others alive by going through your cupboards and pantry and gathering a few of the canned food items you have lying around so that organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Opportunity Center for the Homeless and others can replenish their depleted shelves and continue to help moms and dads who struggle daily to keep food on the table for their children and grandchildren.

Canned and other nonperishable food items can be dropped off through Monday, January 15, 2018 in collection bins located at the drop-off sites listed below:

  • Big 8 stores
  • Walmart Neighborhood Markets
  • Walmart Supercenters
  • Vista Quality Markets
  • Horizon Vista Food Stores
  • Montana Vista Food Store
  • Vista Central Supermarket
  • Any of our public libraries
  • El Paso City Hall
  • El Paso County Courthouse
  • El Paso Juvenile Justice Center
  • County Sheriff’s Downtown Jail, headquarters and annex