Updated: April 24, 2020 07:04 PM
Created: April 24, 2020 06:30 PM
ARTESIA, N.M.- A thousand boxes and bags of food were given to families hit hard by COVID-19 during a drive-thru pantry at the Bulldog Bowl in Artesia Friday.
“There is a significant need in our community,” said HollyFrontier Navajo Refinery manager, Parrish Miller. “We put together a plan to manage people’s safety with the distancing and protective equipment, and the ability to maximize getting the community members in need to provide specific food items and the non-perishable goods to support those that have been having difficulties since both the ability to move around has been reduced as well as maybe lost their jobs or have been curtailed and reduced their income.”
With the help of local businesses, HollyFrontier officials said they were able to get the job done within 24 hours, serving "Packs Of Love" to families and anyone else in need-- on a first come-first serve basis.
“We had purchased pallets of food and all those got loaded yesterday over a course of about a three-hour timeframe, then delivered this morning,” Miller said.
Officials said the boxes and bags of food included non-perishable items and assorted canned goods.
“The items that are in the box are chicken soup, tomato soup, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, frozen chicken, oranges, apples, produce, breads and frozen hot dogs,” Miller said. “Just things that we could buy in large quantities and that are reasonably healthy and we could package up and be able to get as many people as we could support.”
Gas cards were also included.
“We wanted to pass on a little bit of that to the people who need mobility to try to get to the grocery store, get to the hospital or do what they need to do in life despite the fact that cash is short,” said HollyFrontier’s CEO, Mike Jennings.
Officials said there is no word on the next drive-thru pantry, but they will continue to help those in need.
“We’ll be looking at all the other communities we operate in to see how we can make a difference,” Jennings said. “Community service is part of what we do for a living,” Jennings said.
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