As part of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District's mission to improve the health and well-being of Basin residents, the Board of Directors, at a special meeting in May, 2020, approved spending up to $500,000 for local hunger relief as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Feeding Morongo Basin" project has several phases.
FOOD BOX DISTRIBUTION: The next "no-contact-drive-through" event is Saturday, October 17. Please note that distribution will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Morongo Basin Community Health Center, Yucca Valley; and Morongo Basin Community Health Center at Split Rock, 29 Palms.
Just drive up, open the trunk and drive away. Distribution is limited to individuals or families in vehicles; one box per vehicle. The food boxes weigh approximately 30-pounds and contain non-perishable food items.
Please view the maps on this page for location access. These routes will provide for a quicker distribution of the food boxes and avoid congestion on Hwy 62. We anticipate distributing about 250 boxes at each site.
FOOD PANTRY FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Local Morongo Basin food pantries and other food distribution organizations applied for funding assistance of up to $5,000. Applications were received from active, 501-c-3 food distribution organizations. Qualifying organizations received checks for the requested amount, totaling approximately $85,000. Participants will be required to report to the healthcare District how the funds were spent and the remaining balance until all funding assistance is used.
CLICK HERE to download the PDF application.
CLICK HERE to download the financial support reporting form. Please note, the document will download as a fillable form which can be emailed, faxed or mailed to the District (contact information is on the form).
HUNGER HELP LINE: 760-890-4968 We have established a "Hunger Helpline" for those who, because of their circumstances, have difficulty accessing food. Those who qualify and cannot attend an upcoming District Distribution Event may self-attest that they have limited or no transportation to access food. One box of food will be provided to an address as a one-time delivery.
Deliveries are being made weekly. Recipients will receive a call to advise what day the delivery will arrive.
Delivery of food boxes is limited to the District's geographic boundaries as defined by the State of California, generally referred to as the Morongo Basin. CLICK HERE to see a map of the District's service boundaries.
Zip codes within the District service area include: Joshua Tree 92252; Landers 92285, Pioneertown 92268; 29 Palms 92277; Yucca Valley 92284; Amboy 92304; Johnson Valley 92356
To receive a food box delivery call 760-890-4968 and leave a voice mail message with your contact information. Arrangements will be made with you to drop a food box at your dwelling. These will be no-contact deliveries.
LIST OF FOOD BANKS WITHIN THE MORONGO BASIN: We maintain a list of food banks within the Morongo Basin on this website for community convenience. CLICK HERE to access that list of resources in the Basin.