Now that you’ve grown 80 zucchini- what do you do with them? CARE connects Escalon and Farmington neighbors with volunteers so that fresh home-grown fruit and vegetables can be shared, not thrown away.
EFCGC Co-president Olga Posomostithis stopped by the C.A.R.E. Food Bank office in downtown Escalon to drop off gorgeous fruit and vegetables that were ready for harvest at the Van Allen Elementary School garden. Community Action Resources of Escalon (CARE) accepts fresh home-grown produce in season- throughout the year. CARE personnel ask that you do not leave your donations outside their building, but instead, phone ahead to 209-417-2048, and arrange for a staff member to meet you at their office, located at 1531 2nd Street, across from the Escalon library.
Each week, about 15-20 volunteers work in various food distribution programs to help Escalon and Farmington individuals/families who need food (self-reporting of income is required). One bag of food is provided free to each qualifying household. Currently, CARE is providing for over 100 local households.
There is also a Senior Brown Bag program for people over 60 years of age on fixed incomes. They can receive a bag of food at CARE, on the second and fourth Tuesdays, from 8-11am. The cost is $12 yearly, paid by recipients in November.
Your abundance, and skill as a gardener, can help local families and seniors from all walks of life. If you believe food is meant to be eaten, and not thrown away… CARE is perfect for you! If you’re one of the 1 in 3 people who are physically pained throwing away good food- take your overabundance to CARE.
Adeline/Olga – EFCGC co-presidents
1531 2nd Street, Escalon, CA 95320- diagonal from the Escalon library.
The Escalon Ministerial Association (EMA) serves as the administrative board responsible for the CARE program.
Phone: (209) 417-2048 – to arrange for staff to accept your fruit/vegetable donation
Schedule of OPEN dates/hours for August 2019:
Thursday – 8-15-19 – 8am-11am
Wednesday – 8-21-19 – 8am-11am
Tuesday – 8-27-19 – 8am-11am
Wednesday – 8-28-19 – 9:30am-10:30am