Coachella, CA (March 23, 2020) – Augustine Casino donated nearly 3,000 lbs. of fresh vegetables, fruit and perishable proteins to its team members as well as Martha’s Village and Kitchen after the casino closed its doors to the public last week. The meat and produce is an integral part of Café 54’s extensive buffet and cafe menu.

“The Tribe graciously chose to see the silver lining during this time of distress throughout our community,” said Jef Bauer, Augustine general manager. “This is a time for us to do what we can to ensure our dedicated team as well as a great organization like Martha’s Village and Kitchen have the resources they need to weather this storm. We can’t forget about our homeless brothers and sisters during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s relieving to know that we’re helping Martha’s truly make a difference with this vulnerable population.”

Approximately 40 varieties of perishable goods were donated, including lettuces, spinach, broccoli, lemons, bell peppers, mushrooms, squash, cantaloupe and tomatoes as well as seafood, beef, pork and chicken items.

About Augustine Casino

Augustine Casino was the first business enterprise of the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians when it opened July 18, 2002. It features more than 750 of the most popular slot machines as well as the area’s only completely non-smoking table games pit. The Tribe’s award-winning Café 54 offers a casual dining experience along with daily and nightly buffets.  Augustine Casino is nestled in the shadows of the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains only three miles east of PGA West in the Coachella Valley at 84-001 Avenue 54 in Coachella.  For more information call 760-391-9500 or visit