A grant from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation to FIND (Food In Need of Distribution) Food Bank will help launch the organization’s new Project Produce 2013, which will deliver more than 3 million pounds of fresh produce this year to an average 80,000 Coachella Valley residents each month.

“Funding from the Berger Foundation is critical not only for the resources they add to the equation, but also for the implicit project endorsement that comes with support from a leading local stakeholder,” said Lisa Houston, president and CEO of FIND Food Bank.

The Berger Foundation presented FIND with $125,000 for a new inventory-control infrastructure, which will be instrumental as an expanded partnership with the Desert Health Care District will now include a significant increase in perishable fresh produce in FIND’s food-assistance distributions to more than 90 community-based programs feeding our area’s hungry.

“It may sound simple, but it is absolutely true that support from the Berger Foundation was the final piece we needed to make the whole project come together, to allow us to realize our goal,” said Houston.

“We believe a greater impact is made when organizations come together, which is what is happening here,” said Catharine Reed, senior program officer of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “We are excited that FIND will be able to do even more in our community, and do it even more efficiently with the right systems in place.”

“None of us could distribute 3 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables on our own,” said Houston.
“So the reach this funding will have is unprecedented. Our clients tell us all the time not only how thankful they are for help in feeding their families, but more importantly, they tell us they absolutely would not be able to purchase the quality and variety of fresh produce that we are now able to distribute,” said Houston.

FIND is the only food bank serving eastern Riverside County, from Cabazon to Blythe, from the high desert to the Salton Sea. FIND is dedicated to mobilizing the resources of our community through education and awareness to relieve hunger, the causes of hunger, and the problems associated with hunger. To learn more about hunger in our community and how you can help, please call FIND Food Bank at 760-775-3663 or findfoodbank.org.