Big changes announced by the El Pasosoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. Circumstances have resulted in the conclusion of service at one Mega Pantry site, the halting of day to day operations at another and a reduction of hours at two others, including at its headquarters.

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A lack of manpower is the main culprit, according to a food bank news release.

Volunteers have been hard to come by, and groups such as the Texas National Guard and AmeriCorps, which had been providing pandemic support, are no longer able to or have had to reduce the number of people they were providing.

“Given staffing constraints, [the closure and reduced hours] are necessary for continued operation of food distribution at the food bank locations,” officials with the food bank explained.

Kevin Vargas

The Changes

• REDUCTION - EPFH Headquarters at 9541 Plaza Circle will have a change in hours. Effective Monday, August 9, the new hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

• REDUCTION - The Westside distribution site at 5300 Doniphan will cut its hours as well. Effective Monday, August 9, the new hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• CLOSING - The Nolan Richardson Recreation Center in the Northeast will cease to operate as a distribution location effective Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.

• Holy Spirit Church, 14600 Horizon Blvd, in Horizon will no longer be manned by El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, but will not close entirely. Holy Spirit Church will continue to distribute food at least one evening and potentially one morning per week starting Wednesday, August 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This new schedule is effective Aug. 9, 2021.

Volunteers Wanted Needed

Volunteers, or "Hunger Warriors" as the food bank refers to them as, are needed to sort food, pull orders, assist around the office, and help out at special events. If this sounds like something you would like to do, you'll find more details and a volunteer application HERE.

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