By Aaron Bracamontes
The Walmart Foundation cut a $125,000 check to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger on Tuesday, so the non-profit can buy a new refrigerated truck.
The hunger relief organization had been trying to find ways to acquire a fifth truck for more than a year and earlier this month they publicly asked the El Paso community to pitch in any way.
“We thought it would take a lot more time to raise the money,” said Victor Nevarez, the organization’s board president. “We thought it was going to take a large amount of small donations.”
Instead, the Walmart Foundation informed El Pasoans Fighting Hunger that it would be eligible for a donation. Soon after the organization applied, they received word they would be getting enough money for a truck.
“It was just a godsend,” said El Pasoans Fighting Hunger executive director Janie Sinclair. “It will help us feed so many people.”
The refrigerated trucks are used to collect and distribute food. The non-profit currently has four trucks that helps them collect about 8 million pounds of food a year.
Nevarez estimated a brand new refrigerated truck would cost between $120,000 to $130,000. Now that the money has been collected they will put together a bid for a truck.
“It’s very gratifying to know that people are starting to notice that there is a need to feed those who are in need,” Nevarez said.
Daniel Morales, a representative from the Walmart Foundation, said the company has dedicated $2 billion to fight hunger in local communities.
“This is a subject that is very important to Walmart,” Morales said. “We are a part of the community and so we want to work with community organizations to give back.”