Multiple Palm Springs businesses are teaming with FIND Food Bank in September to observe Hunger Action Month and raise funds.
The campaign kicked off last week and is particularly timely in the Coachella Valley because prolonged unemployment, record heat waves, and the end of unemployment benefits have hit the region particularly hard. Still, the service-based industries here are used to stepping up.
“Our desert region is unique because of the natural spirit of service,” reflects Debbie Espinosa, CEO of FIND Food Bank. “Our food lines increased by 110 percent last summer, and this year it remains 60 percent higher than pre-pandemic levels. Residents want to care for their neighbors, whether that means sharing the food they received at a distribution, volunteering in triple-digit heat to ensure no one goes hungry, and donating generously to put a meal on everyone’s plates.
“This culture of care helped us to double the amount of food we distributed this last year to strengthen our resilient communities.”
Among the efforts this month in Palm Springs:
- Grounded Bodyworks, 1701 N. Palm Canyon Dr., hosted a food drive and vendor event last week. Participants brought canned goods to the business and received up to 20 percent off purchases.
- The Kimpton Rowan Hotel, 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, is lighting up orange for the whole month of September to bring awareness to the cause. Orange is the color of hunger awareness.
- PS UNDERGROUND, 1700 S. Camino Real, is hosting a special event on September 26 from 6 PM until 9 PM. The venue is offering a multi-course Sunday supper-themed dining experience with FIND Food Bank President Debbie Espinosa. It includes a four-course feast of Chef Dave’s creation, free-flowing house red and white wine, specialty cocktails, and a secret surprise evening of entertainment. Tickets are $125 per person. More information is available either online here or by calling the venue at 760-636-8442
- Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, at 849 N. Palm Canyon Dr., is donating 50 percent of the proceeds from any cocktail sold in September to FIND Food Bank.
- Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., is donating $1 for every Cactus Rosa cocktail it sells during the month of September.
You can find a complete list of business participating in Hunger Action Month in the Coachella Valley here.