Raising Money to Provide 22 Million Meals and Hunger Relief to the Desert Region in 2021
The Desert is hopeful for a full recovery from COVID-19’s economic impact thanks to promises of reopening the economy. Still, after months of experiencing financial and food insecurity, the 150,000-plu people FIND serves on average each month rely on support to meet their basic needs like housing, medicine, a full stomach, which means hunger relief.
FIND is raising funds to maintain its rapid response measures from 2020 through the end of 2021. This includes maintaining the 22 additional crisis response mobile markets opened after FIND experienced a 110% spike in the need for food assistance last March. FIND also doubled our food distribution from 12 million to 24+ million total pounds in 2020. The need for food assistance in the Desert Region remains high, and FIND needs to distribute the equivalent of 22 million meals again in 2021 to meet demand.
FIND is expanding its programs to reach the new and diverse faces affected by hunger. FIND’s homebound delivery program delivers nutritious groceries to people who cannot pick up food for themselves. In conjunction with school meal programs, FIND expanded from 9 to 12 school site partnerships and will continue these sites through hybrid learning and the summer months. Seniors-only walk-up distributions serve as a haven for those 65 and older to pick up food safely.
This fundraising and awareness-building event will bring together FIND’s supporters and the community at-large to reflect and share stories of resilience and triumph over a historic year of hunger.
Tune-in to raise awareness for food insecurity in the Desert Region and get involved in the fight to end hunger. Every $1 donated to FIND provides five meals for neighbors in need.
Watch LIVE on News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 Friday, April 9, 2021 | 7:00-8:00 p.m. Call: 760-775-3663
About FIND Food Bank:
FIND is the Desert’s Regional Food Bank serving 5,000 square miles that include eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties, from the High Desert and Joshua Tree across the Coachella Valley to Anza, and down to the Salton Sea. FIND is the largest hunger relief and food rescue organization in the region. They are the Feeding America food bank for the Coachella Valley Desert Region and the USDA distributor for eastern Riverside County. FIND feeds an average of 150,000 individuals, families, children, seniors and veterans each month. FIND’s 150 distribution sites include over 80 community agency partnerships (soup kitchens, religious organizations, local nonprofits) and 44 community mobile markets
that fill in the service gaps for food deserts and low-income areas.
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