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Local Restaurant Owner Keeps Up Tradition of Giving

Local Restaurant owner Mario Del Guidice has been serving the Coachella Valley delicious food since he moved his family here in 1972 and opened his first Mario’s location. The tradition has now spanned three generations of restaurateurs, and expanded across the entire Coachella Valley, including a location on Highway 111 in Indio. But the family has become known for another tradition as well, generously serving their community.

Mario does not consider himself a hero, he prefers to think of himself as a community minded person. In his own words, “God has blessed me and my family with the ability to give back to this community that has supported my seven Mario’s Family Italian Restaurants throughout the valley for many years.”

The current COVID-19 crises has created a new need, and Mario has responded. He started what he refers to as his “Mario’s Community Monday” where he supplies a minimum of 1,000 meals a week to those in need. The meals help nourish first responders and medical front line workers, physicians and nurses at the various hospitals, local clinic, as well as the National Guard operating at the Food Bank and the Federal Medical Center at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. So far, he has delivered over 5,040 meals and is committed to do so as long as he can until this terrible pandemic is under control.

“I am grateful we could do this and I hope many more join in and do what they can to help beat this nasty virus,” says Mario.