A Find food bank drive in Indio was setup this morning to help local families put meals on the table. There was a line of cars outside Mathis Brothers Indio showroom. The drivers each waiting their turn to pick up boxes of fresh produce and dried food.
“Very blessed this helps alot during these times right here and I am blessed to have this and have the privilege to receive this," said Ruben Vazquez.
The Find food bank distribution was appreciated by local families.
“This is a showing of a demonstration of let's give back,"said Robert Ortega. there’s more happiness in giving than receiving."
“We are grateful to be here," said Valerie Miller. "I am here for my recipient. I know she could use the food so I am also standing in line for her.”
Not only is the furniture store opening up their parking lot for people to receive food but they also gave a big donation to the food bank. They donated $20,000 for the first time to the non-profit.
“I am personally very excited about this because it’s such a worth wild cause especially with all the challenges we’re all faced right now," said Robin Hood, General Manager at Mathis Brothers Furniture for the Coachella Valley.
“I feel so grateful and appreciative that people understand the work in which we do to serve the community to make sure that all of our agency pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens are stocked up with food," said Debbie Espinosa, President of Find Food Bank.
Espinosa said the coronavirus pandemic has amplified the need for food in the desert area, 110 percent! Find is now helping feed 190,000 people a month.
“It helps us offset the operational costs at our distribution sites. many people don’t realize that it takes the food bank about $3.0 million every year to run the operations." said Espinosa. "If it wasn’t for these donations we won’t be able to move the food out to the people that need it the most.”