Many of us don't ever really have to worry about keeping our pantry or tummy filled. But some of my and your neighbors don't have it so good.

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

It shouldn’t and doesn't have to be that way.

You can help El Paso's food insecure during the 19th annual MLK Canned Food Drive that is now underway. Helping the citywide effort to re-stock local food pantries is as easy as going through your cupboards.

Please join me in keeping Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of serving others alive by gathering up and donating a few of the canned food items you have lying around so that organizations that includes churches, soup kitchens and shelters can continue their mission of making sure no one goes hungry.

Canned and other nonperishable food items can be dropped off through Monday, January 21, 2019 in collection bins located at the drop-off sites listed below:

  • Vista Quality Markets
  • Any of our public libraries
  • Sam's Club Northeast, 9498 Gateway N
  • El Paso County Courthouse, third floor
  • County Sheriff’s Downtown Jail, headquarters and annex