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El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank helping keep migrants fed during ongoing surge

EL PASO, Texas - Volunteers with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank have been helping migrants by making sandwiches and packing lunches.

CEO of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank Susan Goodell told ABC-7 that her staff, volunteers and workers from Americorps are doing what they can to help migrants and the people of El Paso, but are struggling with staffing and donation shortages.

"To operate optimally, we need about 40 volunteers in the morning and 40 volunteers in the afternoon, and we are nowhere near that number. So we are patching it together with a very small staff," said Goodell.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the food bank can visit think link for more information.

On Monday, a spokesperson from Border Patrol told ABC-7 that the El Paso sector is now seeing about 1,500 migrant encounters per day in the month of September, an increase from last week's report of 1,300 a day.

A majority of these migrants are coming from Venezuela, and travel days, sometimes weeks, to the United States.

The City of El Paso said they have chartered 63 buses full of migrants to other cities across the country since August 23rd. That includes 59 buses to New York City and four buses to Chicago.

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