Three Southern California casinos closed due to coronavirus are not letting their food go to waste. Casinos in Temecula, Indio, and Cabazon have all agreed to donate all of their perishable food stocks to people in need.
No Food Wasted
The 3 casinos have huge inventories of food to fuel their casino restaurants and buffets, but the coronavirus put the whole food stores on lock-down with the casinos. But that doesn’t mean the food will go to waste.
Casinos are donating all of their food with a sell-by date, including milk, eggs, juice, pastries, bread, and fruits and vegetables. Any food with a long shelf life (like canned goods) will stay put for the day when the casinos reopen. But in the meantime, it’s a free feast for anyone in need during this time of crisis.
The Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio is donating 10,000 pounds of perishable food to FIND Food Bank, to be distributed to people in need in Riverside and San Bernadino counties. Doug Welmas, chairman of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians who operate the casino, was happy to be of service.
“The food being donated would have otherwise have been enjoyed by our guests and employees, so we’re happy to partner with FIND Food Bank to provide nourishment to others in need,” Welmas said.
Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula is unloading $100,000 worth of food from its stocks. People from Project T.O.U.C.H., the Community Mission of Hope, and other charities sent workers to the casino to collect the food. Pechanga also hosts regular charity events for those in need.
The Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon is gifting its community with 18,000 pounds of food. The Morongo tribe donated 10 pallets of food to various charities, including Feeding America, Carol’s Kitchen, and several other food banks.
Feeding People in Need
It is difficult enough to address food insecurities in the poor communities across America without the added burden of a pandemic like the coronavirus.
Carol’s Kitchen VP Ann Blair issued a press statement thanking the casinos for their generous donations.
“It is important that vulnerable populations in our community have access to food as resources become stretched during this pandemic,” Blair said, “We are very grateful to Morongo for this generous donation, which will help our organization and others continue to offer critical services to seniors, families and the homeless.”
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