The City of El Paso are encouraging the community to donate canned goods for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Canned Food Drive which begins on Tuesday, January 3, through Monday, January 16, 2017.

The MLK Canned Food Drive is held each year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of community service. The City and Representative Carl Robinson, Chairperson of the MLK Committee, encourages the public to start the New Year by helping others and donating canned and non-perishable food items.

Donations can be dropped off at locations throughout the city, including public libraries and grocery stores. The food will then be sorted and distributed to organizations that serve the hungry such as the Salvation Army, Opportunity Center for the Homeless, Center Against Family Violence, La Fe Montana Vista Community & Satellite Resource Center, La Posada Home, El Paso Villa Maria, La Familia Del Paso, Reynolds Home, Recovery Alliance, YWCA Transitional Living Center, El Paso Rescue Mission.

Collection Sites:

  • Big 8 Stores
  • Walmart Neighborhood Markets
  • Walmart Super Centers
  • Vista Quality Markets
  • Horizon Vista Food Stores
  • Montana Vista Food Store
  • Vista Central Supermarket
  • Public Libraries
  • City Hall
  • County Courthouse
  • El Paso Juvenile Justice Center
  • County Sheriff’s Downtown Jail Headquarters and Annex

The El Paso Public Library’s Food for Fines program will also give patrons the opportunity to pay library fines by donating canned and non-perishable food. From January 3 through January 14, library fines will be reduced by $1 for every can of food donated up to $5 per day, provided that library books and materials have been returned in good condition.

For more information on the MLK Food Canned Food Drive, call the El Paso Public Library at (915) 212-3201 or visit