The Desert is hopeful for a full recovery from COVID-19 thanks to promises of reopening, and the tireless work of a community dedicated to aiding their neighbors in need. Still, after months of experiencing financial and food insecurity, people rely on support to continue meeting basic needs like housing, medicine, and a full stomach.
To ensure every Indio resident impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic had necessary vital resources, the City of Indio lent its support to FIND Food Bank through the Community Development Block Grant program. This fund supports FIND’s four community mobile markets located in Indio, including the opening of FIND’s supersite at Mathis Brothers, that serves on average over 1,000 households twice a month. Through the pandemic, FIND distributed 5 million pounds of food, equivalent to approximately 4.5 million meals to the city of Indio alone. FIND continues to serve 60 percent more people each month than prior to the pandemic. Ninety percent of the region’s food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters rely on food from FIND to feed their unique corners of the valley.
Nothing is more important than our community's health and welfare, and FIND is on the frontlines caring for those who fall on hard times with food and resources to help them recover. FIND is raising funds to maintain its rapid response measures from 2020 through 2021. FIND Food Bank’s 11th Annual Telethon will raise funds to sustain their essential services as the largest hunger relief organization in the Desert Region.
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 an unprecedented year of hunger.
Tune-in to learn more about food insecurity in the Desert Region and get involved in the fight to end hunger. Every $1 donated to FIND Food Bank provides 5 meals for neighbors in need.
The telethon airs on Friday, April 9, 7:00-8:00 pm on KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2.