Through the challenge of closing their doors last week, casinos across the country stepped up to provide critical food donations to local communities. Here are a few stories from Raving clients and friends about casinos that donated perishable food and who it will benefit. View a full list on CDC Gaming Reports.
Indigo Sky Casino
Thousands of pounds of perishable food were given to Watered Gardens Ministries in Joplin, MO, whose barren shelves were in need of this donation. Watered Gardens Ministries serves over 2,000 meals per week to families in need.
Ocean Casino Resort donated more than 6,000 pounds of food to help the Food Bank of South Jersey respond during this pandemic. Items like milk, fresh fruits, and vegetables made up majority of the donation.
Elk Valley Casino Resort
Elk Valley Casino loaded up all perishable food from the Full House Bar and Grill – consisting of fresh produce and dairy products – to donate to their local Senior Center. The Del Norte Senior Center offers a variety of services and activities for seniors and their families. These include nutrition programs, recreational activities, and information and assistance.
Angel of the Winds Casino Resort
The food inventory from Angel of the Winds Casino Resort’s dining venues was donated to the Arlington Community Food Bank and the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. This donation is their latest effort to further care for the well-being of our team and make a positive impact on local community.
Gila River Hotels & Casinos
A day after Gila River Hotels & Casinos temporarily closed to help prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), their team delivered approximately $60,000 worth of perishable food items, 20 palettes of water and 98 cases of toilet paper to the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) that will be given to elders and families. Team members from Gila River Hotels & Casinos, GRIC Office of Emergency Managment, and Community Services worked around the clock on logistics to quickly expedite the deliveries to everyone.
Snoqualmie Tribe and Casino
With the closure of the Snoqualmie Tribal Campus to visitors and non-essential employees, and the closure of the Snoqualmie Casino, a joint team moved quickly to sort, package and deliver over two thousand pounds of fresh produce and dairy from the casino’s five dining venues to community organizations that are servicing families facing hardship. Read Press Release
Wynn Resorts announced it is donating more than $2.5 million worth of goods to local medical facilities and nonprofits. Wynn Resorts was able to procure and will donate this week 240,000 N95 equivalent CDC approved respirator masks, 600,000 surgical masks, 500,000 pairs of medical gloves and thousands of medical gowns to our hospitals throughout Las Vegas. Read full story here
There are many stories like the ones above. If your casino has a story of giving back, we want to hear about it. Send your press releases, videos, photos, and stories to Chris Faria, [email protected]. Thank you all for paying it forward in this time of need!