Chukchansi Distributes 440 Boxes of Food to Residents

A volunteer loading up a resident’s trunk with food supplies at Chukchansi Gold Casino and Resort on April 22, 2020. (Courtesy of Chukchansi Gold and Resort)

The Madera County Food Bank and the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians distributed 440 boxes on Wednesday, April 22 to Madera County residents effected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The drive-thru pick-up was at the casino’s open-air porte cochere and is a partnership between the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and the Madera County Food Bank to provide free food essentials for those in need who live in the mountain communities of Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Awahnee and North Fork.

Food distribution dates are determined by the Madera County Food Bank as supplies become available. Boxes are limited to one per household and are intended for family use with a variety of canned goods, cheese, meat, beans, noodles, sauce, juice, milk, potatoes, vegetables, fresh fruit and a case of water.

Upon arrival, recipients are required to present a valid ID to verify residency.

“Being able to utilize Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino’s porte cochere during this time of increased need makes these type of distribution days so much easier on our volunteers and those receiving the items,” said Madera County Food Bank Executive Director Ryan McWherter. “The set-up is perfect for maintaining social distance while continuing to serve these communities and we look forward to doing more in the future.”