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With their casinos closed, many local tribes have opted to donate their unused food to nonprofits that can distribute it to locals in need.
Over the past week, thousands of pounds of canned goods and fresh fruits and vegetables have gone to organizations such as the FIND food bank in Indio or the Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms.
All casinos in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are now closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
See donations made so far by tribes in the region below:
The Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and Casino Morongo, over the past week, donated more than 18,000 pounds of food for consumption by those in need to Carol’s Kitchen, a Banning-based food kitchen, as well as Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, and other groups.
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ casinos are home to more than a dozen restaurants and bars. Among items donated were thousands of dairy products, eggs, fruits and vegetables.“Instead of letting this food go to waste, Morongo is helping to ensure that those who are hungry and in need across our region have resources during this crisis,” said Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin. “In these unprecedented times, we must all come together to help one another, and Morongo will continue to do our part to […]