Area eateries step up during Hunger Action Month to aid FIND Food Bank

The food bank feeds 150,000 people in the community every month. A donation of even $1 can provide more than four meals to people in need.
Restaurateur Marco Rossetti, Mayor Pro Tem Grace Garner, FIND Food Bank President and CEO Debbie Espinosa, and Felix Tipper, general manager of Birba and Cheeky’s, prepare to dine Wednesday at Birba.

This month is Hunger Action Month, and FIND Food Bank is partnering with 200 other Feeding America food banks across the country not just to raise awareness about hunger but to take action.

Here’s how: To participate, you can donate directly, volunteer your time, advocate online and in-person, and host or attend a fundraiser.

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  • Coachella Valley businesses, including Birba and Eight4Nine in Palm Springs and Grill-A-Burger and Hotel Paseo in Palm Desert, are stepping up to host fundraisers and offer special deals and options to support both the businesses and FIND Food Bank.

On the menu: Wednesday evening in Palm Springs, it was all about the pizza at Birba as the restaurant’s co-founder, its general manager, Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Grace Garner, and FIND Food Bank President and CEO Debbie Espinosa sat down to enjoy a unique creation.

  • For the next two months, Birba offers a pizza named “Piece of the Pie.” Proceeds from sales of the pizza will go to benefit the food bank.

  • The creative team in the restaurant’s kitchen uses foods sourced from the food bank for the pizza, including pears, arugula, white onion, and more.

Why it matters: FIND Food Bank helps feed 150,000 people in the larger community every month. A donation of even $1 can provide more than four meals to people in need.

  • “People have to make a choice: Do I pay rent? Or do I pay for food?” said Espinosa. “Anybody who needs food, FIND Food Bank is there for them.” 

Next up: Hunger Action Month culminates in a huge farm-to-table fundraiser called Sunday Supper on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. PS Underground and the food bank are serving up a multi-course dinner using ingredients that one would find at a food distribution center. 

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