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IID employee contributions support local food banks
Employees of the Imperial Irrigation District this week donated more than 2,500 pounds of food to local food banks in the Imperial and Coachella valleys in the district’s 2019 holiday food drive.
The employee-sponsored effort, which was conducted between the end of October and November 20, helped boost the supply of food donated this month to both the Imperial Valley Food Bank in Imperial and the Find Food Bank in Indio.
Collectively, the donations represent an additional 2,000 meals this month.
“We are always very pleased when people from different organizations come together to conduct a food drive and we want to say a big thank you to them,” said Sara Griffen, executive director of the Imperial Valley Food Bank.
“It makes a big difference because there are so many people who are, what we call food-insecure, who are basically hungry, and so we really appreciate what the IID employees are doing to help their neighbors.”
The Imperial Valley Food Bank serves 20,000 people each month; Indio’s Find Food Bank covers an area of 5,000 square miles.
Marked collection sites located throughout the district served as donation areas for employees to drop off such staples as spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter, cereal, canned meats, rice, dry beans, soup, canned vegetables and much more.
“It is very touching and heartening to see our employees involved in the community, giving from the heart, especially at this time of year,” said IID Board President Erik Ortega. “It’s such a worthy cause of which we can all be proud.”
IID employees gather outside the main headquarters in Imperial prior to the delivery to the Imperial Valley Food Bank.
IID Coachella Valley employees donating to the Find Food Bank, Indio.
IID employees deliver donated food to the IV Food Bank.