PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

The city of Palm Springs will collect items for a local food bank throughout September, which is Hunger Awareness Month in the Coachella Valley.

Starting today, people can bring canned food for FIND Food Bank to the lobby of Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, and the Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way, city spokeswoman Amy Blaisdell said.

FIND will also bring its new mobile food pantry to the second annual Mayor's Healthy Planet, Healthy You Race and Wellness Festival on Jan. 11 in Ruth Hardy Park, Blaisdell said.

``We believe it is vital for all desert cities to join together in a committed coalition to make the Coachella Valley a hunger-free zone," said FIND CEO Lisa Houston.

FIND distributes food to more than 80,000 people per month in the Coachella Valley via more than 100 community organizations, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, after-school programs and senior centers.

For information, go to www.findfoodbank.org.