THERMAL – Supervisor V. Manuel Perez is stopping by a special event being held later today that will provide drive-through COVID testing and also fresh produce and basic items for the region’s hardworking farmworkers.
The Farmworker Appreciation COVID-19 Testing event takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 11 at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal, 86-150 Avenue 66. The event is a drive-through in order to limit contact and promote safety. The event is open to the entire community, with fresh produce and PPE while supplies last.
The event is coordinated in partnership with Borrego Health, Growing Coachella Valley, Riverside County Young Farmers and Ranchers, Pueblo Unido, the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, the California Farmworker Foundation, Altura Credit Union, the Desert Healthcare District and Supervisor Perez’s office.
“It brings me great joy to see all of these agencies, with the support of growers, working together to bring about such an important effort for our farmworker community in these challenging times,” said Supervisor Perez. “This event demonstrates gratitude for farmworkers, and provides the resources and testing to keep our community safe and healthy.”
The agricultural community, through Growing Coachella Valley, donated enough produce to fill 300 drawstring bags. The packs contain fresh celery, bell peppers, sweet limes, carrots, dates, herbs and candy canes, as well as water and bandanas.
Supply bags were assembled by Pueblo Unido, a nonprofit organization, which include packages of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer bottles, disposable masks, 5-count packets of cloth masks, and flyers on community resources. Supplies were donated by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, the California Farmworker Foundation, and Altura Credit Union.
Borrego Health will conduct the COVID-19 testing.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez is the chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, representing the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County as the Fourth District Supervisor. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the Fourth District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.