Scrambling to feed the hungry in El Paso

The CEO of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank talks about their struggle to keep up with demand during the holidays.
2:41 | 11/26/20

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Honest day of thanks it is food banks and volunteers and donations that will make all the difference for so many families. Who are just trying to make ends meet and because this has become an all too familiar scene. This is El Paso, Texas an area hit so hard by the pandemic in you can see families. Waiting in hours long lines for donations at the area's only food bank. Tom Harkin a closer look now the efforts there let's bring in Susan Goodell CEO of the El Paso wins fighting hunger. Food bank Susan thank you for being here on this day and give us an idea what what's the need this year compared to years past. Things are pretty rounds here he's now pops out. Our convention center has been converted to a hospital and we've seen very large spikes and a number of her that positive cases. What that means to us here at the think tank is that means that a dramatic rise in the number of people that need food. Every day we see between eight and 101000 -- links coming to our door. Needing emergency food repeat themselves and their children and I am. I'd been in the rankings since 2001. I've frankly never seen anything like this wow. That gives you chills I I heard the emotion in your voice Susan we've seen those long lines. Do you have what you need to even make it through the end of this year feeding those who needed for their failings. We are working very hard to find who did for this desert community where Gary isolated here it along the border where several hours prominent but closes next city. And a long ways from food producing parts of our country. So we are hovering and working hard to maintain about two weeks food supply. And we are heavily dependent on the generosity of others people who open their hearts and make a donation so. Every dollar that we receive provide seven meals for someone who's hungry right. Susan Adele we appreciate you being here on this day like you say you've been. In this business if you will since 2001 you've been at this in doing this for a long time he should certainly be applauded for your work and I know it means a lot to unit. Around this time I like Roebuck says she could see it in your face and hearing your voice. This work you do so good luck. And we hope to check in with you throughout the holidays and you try to have yourself with a good holiday as well all right. Thank you for telling our story and all right stay and how she set the need right we just in through Thanksgiving we have another good plus mall of holidays here that people are going to be struggling trying to get through so applaud her for the were few years ago.

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