Food Depot Reaches Milestone Supporting Hunger-Relief

Luis and Frances Atencio. Courtesy/Food Depot


SANTA FE — The Food Depot is grateful and honored for the continued support of the Atencio family, owners of local El Parasol and El Paragua restaurants.

The family recently reached the $100,000 mark of donations to The Food Depot and supporting hunger relief in northern New Mexico. 

“Through the extreme ups and downs of the last decade, the Atencio family has continued to give, even during an incredibly challenging time for restaurants and their family business. It especially warms my heart when a long-standing, local business makes this kind of commitment to us,” Sherry Hooper said, executive director of The Food Depot. 

“My parents instilled in us the importance of giving back. We give because there is still a great need. I feel like The Food Depot does great things with our donations,” Ralph Atencio said, owner of the El Parasol and El Paragua restaurants. 

El Parasol’s history started in 1958 with brothers selling their mother’s Mexican food on the side of the road, outdoors, under an umbrella.

The Atencio family has six locations spanning three cities in northern New Mexico: Española, Los Alamos and Santa Fe: 


  • Española North/Ohkay Owingeh, Hwy 68 Travel Center, San Juan, NM 87566
  • Española, 603 Santa Cruz Rd, Española, NM 87532

Los Alamos:

  • 1903 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544


  • 30 Cities of Gold Rd, Pojoaque, NM 87506

Santa Fe:

  • 1833 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505
  • 298 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508

 Visit for dining specifics and hours of operation.

About The Food Depot

The Food Depot fosters healthy communities by engaging a network of partners and developing solutions to create a hunger-free northern New Mexico. As the food bank for nine counties, The Food Depot provides hunger relief to nearly 40,000 people experiencing food insecurity. The Food Depot addresses hunger through a combination of innovative programs and support of a network of 75 partner nonprofit programs. During 2022, The Food Depot provided an average of 700,000 meals each month to people in need — the most vulnerable of our community — children, seniors, working families, and those in ill health. The Food Depot is an equal opportunity provider.

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