Pechanga Resort Casino sends tacos to overworked hospital workers – Press Enterprise

Nearly 3,000 hot meals and desserts were delivered this week to hospital workers overwhelmed by the coronavirus, thanks to the Pechanga Resort Casino.

More than 900 meals were delivered to hospitals in southwest Riverside County, including Rancho Springs Medical Center, Temecula Valley Hospital, Inland Valley Medical Center and Loma University Medical Center Linda-Murrieta.

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta employees from left, Zach Gutierrez and Erica Dwyer, push 36 meals to nutrition center staff on Thursday, January 27, 2022. They were provided by the Pechanga Resort Casino to thank the hospital workers during the latest coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A nurse carries goody bags from the Pechanga Resort Casino, which fed and gave gifts to hospital employees at Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta, Thursday, January 27, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta employees, from left, Rosie Ruano, Cristal Toyne and Cynthia Lara, push lunch from Quiroz Tacos on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press- Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta employees carry food from Quiroz Tacos that was provided by the Pechanga Resort Casino near Temecula Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, for hospital employees. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta employee Catherine Pepe, left, distributes food from a Quiroz Tacos truck to radiology staff Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. Food came courtesy of the Pechanga Resort Casino for hospital employees. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta employees Yvonne Robles and Catherine Pepe pile 36 meals onto a cart Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, as the Pechanga Resort Casino provided food for overstretched hospital workers during the current coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center – Nurses from the Murrieta Department of Surgery push a food cart from Quiroz Tacos on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. The Pechanga Resort Casino near Temecula paid for the food to be delivered to hospitals around southwestern Riverside County to thank them for their work during the current coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

“It means a lot to the staff here,” said Jared Giles, general manager of Southwest Healthcare System, which includes medical centers in Inland Valley and Rancho Springs. “We appreciate the interest and support from the community.”

The Pechanga tribe spent $20,000 to buy Quiroz tacos to serve the hot meals, which were free for hospital staff.

Pechanga, which runs the resort near Temecula, began sending meals from food trucks to hospitals in February 2021, officials said. This week’s four-day effort concluded Thursday, Jan. 27, at Loma Linda.

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