In this post, we’ve selected and featured 10 top food banks in El Paso, Texas. Read to learn about them and their activities.
Volunteers started El Pasoans Fighting Hunger in 2012 to combat food poverty in El Paso and beyond. This food bank supplies a large network of pantries, kitchens, and food assistance programs by sourcing and distributing the food needed to serve thousands of needy families in the community. Their warehouse is instrumental in keeping numerous food pantries stocked. In addition to the groceries provided by this food bank, they can help applications for SNAP food assistance benefits.
In 1999, the congregation of Trinity-First United Methodist Church gathered to discuss hunger in their El Paso community. Their discussions resulted in the formation of the Kelly Center for Hunger Relief. This pantry offers a food choice experience available three days per week to provide perishable and non-perishable food items to those in need. They also offer periodic fresh produce distributions courtesy of local farmers.
Abundant Grace Church was founded in 2010 by Pastor Steven W. Jackson and his wife. A simple service that started in their home quickly grew to a formal church service. Within the first year, a location had been secured to establish their church. One of their outreach programs is the Hidden Hands Food Pantry, dedicated to feeding the hungry in the El Paso area. They are currently open one day each week to pass out bags of groceries.
Studying hard but having trouble concentrating due to hunger pangs? Students at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) are always welcome to visit the UTEP food pantry during their weekday hours. The pantry isn’t limited to students but is also available to university staff and faculty members. It provides a variety of canned foods and dry goods meant to keep shelves full for those days when food might not otherwise be available.
The K & J Low Income Food Pantry in El Paso has quickly become a powerhouse in fighting against hunger in their community since being founded in 2020 by community volunteers. In addition to weekly distributions of non-perishable and perishable food items and emergency food supplies, they operate food trucks that serve the homeless members of the city. This allows those who might otherwise go hungry access to food in the areas where they seek shelter.
Katie’s Food Pantry in El Paso has been providing monthly distributions of food to members of their community in need since they were founded by volunteers in the spring of 2019. Thanks to the generosity of local churches, businesses, and individuals, they can offer weekly distributions to people experiencing food poverty in their area. For those who have food needs beyond their usual pantry allocations, they offer emergency food assistance.
Ray and Lilly Tullius started the Opportunity Center for the Homeless in El Paso in 1994. Their program provides shelter for those without a place to go, along with three meals per day and the assistance they need to get back on their feet. Though their soup kitchen was established primarily to feed its residents, it is open to all of the homeless people on the streets of El Paso who need to come in off the streets for a meal and some community.
Veterans Non-Profit in El Paso was formed in 2015 after a man working on a government program for veterans saw how many of them were experiencing food poverty. He talked with the staff of his church about forming an outreach dedicated to feeding former servicemen who might not have enough to eat in their homes. With their help, this organization has provided non-perishable and perishable food items for many veterans and their families weekly.
Need a hot meal and a place to lay your head? The Rescue Mission of El Paso, established by volunteers in 1952, can take care of you. They offer three hot meals per day as a part of their program, but you don’t have to stay with them to get help with food poverty. Those who prefer can visit their Corner of Hope outreach for access to nutritious food set up in a mobile location.
Montwood Church of Christ (MCC) has been serving the members of the El Paso community since it was founded by clergy in 1934. Part of their outreach to the people who live in their area is the MCC Community Food Pantry. Once each month, they open their doors to allot bags of canned foods and dry goods to those in need of supplemental food for their kitchen cabinets. For those who may need food between monthly distributions, emergency food is available.