Local food pantry aims to raise awareness and $10,000
Next Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Lorenzo Alba, Executive Director of Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program, and several other locals will launch a 24-hour food strike to raise awareness and to raise $10,000 as part of their advocacy during this September, which is Hunger Action Month. “I, we, have never embarked on a challenge like this but I feel strongly about this strike because this is the least I can possibly do for the people we serve in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. We want to build awareness about this ongoing issue of hunger in our communities,” said Lorenzo Alba. The exciting news is that a local donor and supporter of Casa de Peregrinos will match the $10,000. “This is even more of an incentive for us and we’re blessed with the generosity of our donors and this community,” added Alba.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” – Mother Teresa
The hunger strike will launch on Tuesday, September 17, at 8:30 a.m. at Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant, 1753 E. University Avenue, and will end on Wednesday, September 18, at The Shed, 810 S. Valley Drive, at 8:30 a.m. with some breakfast. The participants will be going live on Facebook on their own pages as well as on the Casa de Peregrinos page every few hours to update the public on how they are feeling without any food intake whatsoever. They will also be updating the public with regular posts throughout the 24-hour period of the strike. CdP is asking the public to help by donating online (A link will be provided on the CdP Facebook pages as well as on their website) and sharing to their own pages.
CdP’s friends joining the hunger strike are:
Richard Coltharp – Las Cruces Bulletin
Gabriel Vasquez – City Council District 3
Edmundo Resendez – KRWG
Eric Walkinshaw – CdP Board Chair
“We are happy to be joined by several locals that believe in our mission and are willing to sacrifice for others,” said Alba.
“Hunger is real issue in our community. Everyone has felt hunger; most people have a choice whether or not to eat. There are thousands of people in our community who do not have that choice, they are hungry because they do not have food. Most of those people are children and seniors. Child hunger is prevalent here in our community,” said Alba.
“Help us feed the hungry children in our community,” he added.
Casa de Peregrinos would like to thank The Shed, owners Gabe and Andrea Mendoza, for their support of CdP’s mission and this important advocacy event.
The mission of Casa de Peregrinos is to alleviate hunger in our community through the acquisition and distribution of nutritious food. As part of that mission, they also commit themselves to promoting public awareness of hunger in Doña Ana County and to securing broad-based support for hunger prevention and relief in the county. Casa de Peregrinos is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
CdP MISSION: The mission of Casa de Peregrinos is to alleviate hunger in our community through the acquisition and distribution of nutritious food.