We wanted to give you an update on our situation at the Food Bank in Juarez. It has been a priority of ours during this time of pandemic to make sure we are able to get food to those experiencing unemployment and financial difficulties. We shared with you the double challenge of rising food costs combined with more families in need of help.
Our main focus has been to make sure we provide enough beans and rice for the families we serve. These are staple foods in this area and what most families eat on a daily basis.
A few weeks ago, some good friends of ours called from Albuquerque saying they were bringing us 2500 pounds of pinto beans for the Lord’s Food Bank. We also talked to a supplier friend of ours who is giving us a discount, and we are now able to purchase a 50 lb. bag of beans for $34. (Beans had gone up to $90 per bag at one point although they are usually $40 a bag.) Currently we are feeding 335 families each week so we go through about 1200 pounds of beans at each distribution.
Many of you sent extra help for purchasing food during these difficult times and we are so grateful. Even though most of our outreaches have been severely curtailed due to the virus, we have still been able to get much-needed food to the families we serve. Thank you for joining us in these efforts!