Annual Post Office Food Drive
On Saturday, May 11, 2013 the National Association of Letter Carriers will be collecting your donations of non-perishable food. This is the 19th year that
the United Samaritans Foundation has been the recipient of this community
wide canned food drive. These donations are utilized in the provision of
emergency food boxes that are distributed each month. Many people in our
agency have had the privilege of working along with the letter carriers on this
project. Watch your mailbox for notification from the post office and please
remember to put your non-perishable donations near your mailbox. This is
one of the ways our community helps us to provide food for our Emergency
Food Box Program. This last year we distributed 3,285 food boxes, which fed
6,789 men, women and children. Thanks for your Support!!
Who Do Your Donations Help??
They are helping Anna!
Anna lives with her husband and 3 young children. Anna’s husband has recently lost his job, which has caused their household
income to drop. Anna’s mother referred her and her family to the lunch truck, hoping that it would help them with a daily
meal. Anna started taking her family to the lunch truck. She is very grateful for the program because it is able to provide her
family with a nutritious meal. The program has helped her financially because it save’s her money on the grocery bill. The fact
that the program is available to her and her family, gives her a sense of hope knowing there is a meal available 5 times a
They are helping Mary!
Mary, age 61, lives alone on a fixed income and has very little food in her home. She was told by friends around town that
there was a lunch truck that delivered good and fresh lunches throughout Turlock. When trying the lunch truck for the first time
Mary felt a little embarrassed, but was glad to have a wholesome meal and felt welcomed and comfortable about the experience.
This program has made quite an impact on her life, because it is one meal she knows she can count on. Mary also appreciates
the bread and the other extras that are given out. There has been many times that if Mary did not receive the bread
she would not have anything to eat. The lunch truck helps her to stretch her food budget. She is very thankful and grateful
about the help she receives. Just knowing the truck will be there to deliver food has helped her to feel optimistic.
They are helping John!
John, age 54, is on disability and lives with his elderly parents. His parents live on a fixed income from social security and have
had many health issues which have led to financial problems. Their large medical bills resulted in less income for groceries.
John’s family is very appreciative knowing that there is a program that could provide them with a meal and extra groceries. It
has eased their financial burden of their monthly grocery bill. The money they save allows them to be able to purchase other
necessities. The family feels very optimistic about their future. The lunch truck program gives them a sense of security knowing
there is a lunch every day for them which eases their financial burden for food.
In doing our bi-annual survey on our mobile truck routes we heard these stories repeated many times. We had
many clients express that same sentiment, whether they were homeless or individuals struggling to make ends
meet. The lunch truck means that they will have at least one meal that day. It helps financially to stretch what dollars
they have a little further. It gives them a connection to their neighbors.
They count on the truck being there in their neighborhood with a meal. Besides the meal, they can receive a loaf of
bread, eggs, fresh fruit or vegetables or a birthday cake for a child. Along with the meal or the extras that we distribute,
they know that the driver can provide them with information for whatever additional help they may need in
their lives such as a referral for utility assistance, emergency food boxes, or just a friendly smile. They know that
We know that there are a great number of people who care about their neighbors who are struggling. Your donations,
whether it is monetary or food is making a difference in the lives of your neighbors, of those we serve.
Now is a time that your donations can make even more of a difference. All money and in-kind food donations given
in the month of March and April in response to the Alan Feinstein Foundation Challenge will count towards matching
funds. Please read the enclosed letter from Alan Feinstein. Be sure to mark you donations in response to the
For Anna, Mary, John, and all the others who utilize our mobile lunch program or our emergency food box program,
we thank you for helping to make a difference.
THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE!!
The Feinstein Challenge ended on April 30th. Hats off to all of the schools, businesses,
clubs and organizations that held canned food drives in response to the Challenge. Each
food item counts as $1.00 towards the Challenge. A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who
made monetary donations because of the Challenge. We are totaling it all up and we will
post the results in our next month’s newsletter. Thank you!
United Samaritans Foundation
220 S. Broadway, Turlock
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Making A Difference
Meals served on our trucks during
the month of March 2013,
In our Emergency
Food Box Program, 325 families (673 people) were provided with a
three-day, three meals per day supply of
food, equalling 6,057 meals.
National Volunteer Appreciation Week
United Samaritans Foundation celebrated National Volunteer
Appreciation Week by letting our volunteers
know how much they are appreciated. Reusable shopping
tote bags with the words “Volunteers - Our Greatest
Natural Resource” were distributed to our volunteers.
Volunteers are vital to the success of our mission of feeding
the hungry. We are so very grateful for all of them.
Thank you to the Bright Family Foundation and
Country Ford for our new pick up truck. The
pickup replaces our old one which we had for fifteen years. The pick
up will be used daily to pick up food donations from local businesses
for our meal program for the next fifteen years. Signs by Eldon are
responsible for the great signage on the truck letting people know
who we are and what we do. Thank you! Thank you!
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