Sad news for low-income seniors in the El Paso area that relied on the El Pasoans Fighting Hungers food FARMacy.

In a press release sent out earlier this week, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger food bank officials said that they would be closing their Food FARMacy due to a number of issues.

“Unfortunately due to challenging times, we cannot sustain its operation,” said food bank officials.

The Food FARMacy program offered seniors an opportunity to shop for food in a store-like setting. This program was an attempt at improving the health of low-income people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods.

On average, the facility would serve 450 senior families daily.

The four main contributing factors behind the Food FARMacy closing its doors include high demand and a lack of funding, inflation, food shortage and a lack of weekday volunteers.

“During the pandemic, the demand for food increased and so did monetary donation,” said food bank officials. “But donations and funding has decreased and we are still very short of volunteers needed to sustain a healthy operational food bank.”

According to food bank officials, so far this year 153,000 families have received food from the food bank and more families continue to sign up daily.

“As time moves on, we hope to see relief soon,” said food bank officials. “Until then, we ask for donations and hope for the community's support because no one should go hungry.”

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