The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced Tuesday it will donate $100,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, which provides food to the region's needy.
Tribal officials will present a check to the nonprofit on Friday at its inaugural Summer Challenge Food Drive at Arrowhead Credit Union Park in San Bernardino. The event, hosted by the Inland Empire 66ers, will take place during the third inning of the baseball game between the 66ers and the High Desert Mavericks.
The San Manuels' donation comes at a time when escalating gas and food prices and the subprime mortgage crisis have left many struggling to make ends meet. "It really is hitting at a time when we are trying to provide as many resources as we can, and this is really going to facilitate that," said Daryl Brock, executive director of Second Harvest.
The San Bernardino-Riverside county chapter is the 24th largest in the country, distributing about 22 1/2 million pounds of food a year, Brock said. Second Harvest initially sought the tribe's assistance with one of its events, but the tribe, noting the rise in food prices and other essentials, decided to do more, tribal Chairman James Ramos said in a news release.