Coral Mountain Foundation, a local grassroots organization that began in 2020 to help combat food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has now provided more than 10,000 hot meals to residents of the Eastern Coachella Valley.
Over the past 90 days, the foundation has specifically focused its efforts on supporting families and individuals in need by preparing and delivering the meals. They are delivered three times a week and often go to families and individuals who have no kitchens or cooking facilities.
“We are truly honored to have outstanding partners and donors who volunteer and care about our communities,” said Josh Grossman, the organization’s executive director, in a press release. “We started this operation in March 2020 with 100 meals and have grown it into more than 1,000 meals each week.”
The COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to lose their jobs, making the need for food even more intense for a community already bound by poverty. Coral Mountain Foundation was formed to combat that need, and a number of generous individuals in the community have made contributions to the program.
“Private donors have made this happen for many that would otherwise have no food or any assistance during this pandemic,” said board member Chris Koulouras. “It’s touching to be able to serve our community.”
Coral Mountain Foundation’s mission is to build a healthy environment for supportive growth of the arts, employment, environmental sustainability and education. They strive to provide assistance to financially struggling individuals through various programs, educational opportunities, leadership channels and volunteer opportunities.
The newly formed nonprofit has partnered with a number of local organizations to further provide aid to the community. These organizations include Galilee Center, Alianza Coachella Valley, Augustine Casino, Old Town Artisan Studios and Olive Crest.
For additional information, to make a donation or to explore volunteer opportunities, visit coralmountainfoundation.org.
Amaray Alvarez in an intern at The Desert Sun. You may reach her at email@example.com.