An opportunity to give to families in need

November 8, 2016

 Thanksgiving is right around the corner and for many families it may be too expensive to celebrate it this year. 

According to the Statistic Brain Institute the total amount spent on Thanksgiving dinner food in the U.S. is $2,875,000,000 with the average household spending over $300 over the holiday weekend in 2015. 

Sadly their are many Americans who have to make a choice between spending money on food or using it for other expenses such as bills or even medical expenses. 

According to a report done in 2014 by the relief charity Feeding America, 69 percent of households that rely on food charities to survive have to choose between paying for utilities and paying for food.

With the advent of Thanksgiving comes the opportunity to help a family celebrate the holiday with a complete Thanksgiving dinner. 

The EPCC Service Learning Program would like to invite you to help those in need and participate in their Thanksgiving Drive. 

They will be accepting canned corn, canned green beans, canned or jarred gravy, canned cranberries or yams, canned biscuits, boxed mash potatoes, boxed dressing or stuffing, pumpkin pies, cookies of any kind, marshmallows, and whipped cream topping. 

These items will be collected all the way until Nov. 18.

Frozen turkeys that weigh 12 to 15 pounds will also be accepted.


The turkeys can be dropped off on Nov. 21 and 22. Turkey dinners will be distributed on Nov. 22. 

Monetary donations in the form of gift cards or gift certificates are also accepted.

All items can be dropped off at the Rio Grande campus B-208, the Valle Verde campus C-414, and the Transmountain campus 1527.

For more information you can contact Irene G. Perez at the Service Learning Program at 915-831-2489 or; Dr. Naomi Waissman at 915-831-5021 or; or Patricia Islas at 915-831-4183 or

Donations will benefit the Food Bank, the Shelter for Battered Women, and the Shelter for the Homeless.

Departments can donate turkeys or make donation towards the purchase of turkeys. 

The  department that donates the most will recieve a prize.


There will be two turkey drives happening this semster. 

In collaboration with Anaid Herrera.


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