About C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E.

Community Based Volunteer Organization

The Escalon Ministerial Association (EMA) serves as the administrative board responsible for the C.A.R.E. Program.  Each week about 15-20 volunteers work in various food distribution programs to help local residents in time of need.

Weekly Emergency Supplemental Food

Each Wednesday* from 9:30 to 11:00 am the C.A.R.E. program is open for the residents of the Escalon Unified School District who need food and whose income meets Federal guidelines.  A bag of food is provided free, one for each household.  Currently we are providing for about 50 – 60 households a week.

* Except for the week of the Government Commodities distribution (the week of the third Thursday of each month).

Senior Brown Bag

The Second Tuesday after the First Monday from 8:00 to 11:00 am seniors over 60 years of age can get a bag of food.  The second disbursement is two weeks following.  The cost is $12.00 yearly paid in November (pro-rated in following months). This was designed for people on a fixed income and has specific income requirements.  As with all three food programs we do not arrange or administer any organized volunteer delivery program.  Some people rely on friends to help deliver their food to them.

Federal Commodities Program

On the third Thursday from 8:00 to 11:00 am of each month C.A.R.E.
 distributes Government Commodities to households who self-certify 
that they meet Federal Guidelines.

Director and Volunteers

Sherry Vaden is the current Interim Director of C.A.R.E. along with a faithful and dedicated group of capable volunteers who keep C.A.R.E. going. Volunteers pick up food (with their own trucks), clean the center, pack bags, help people to sign in each week, help carry out food bags, monitor the distribution of extra items and sort food items.  All these varied jobs need to get done and keep a program such as C.A.R.E. going.  We invite you to join our team of volunteers.  If you are interested please contact Sherry Vaden at 209-417-2048 or email at sjvaden@yahoo.com.

Donations Accepted

C.A.R.E. gets its supplies from many sources.  In addition to our regular suppliers from the area food bank we rely on community donations.  Donations of food are accepted and must be unopened and usually not perishable or home made.  We do accept fresh home grown produce (in good condition) in season.  Please do not leave your donations outside.  If you have items to donate we ask that you phone ahead and arrange for someone to meet you there.  Donations can also be delivered to most churches in Escalon.  C.A.R.E. no longer accepts clothing or household items.

 Check donations to C.A.R.E. may be mailed to:

Escalon Ministerial Association
 | PO Box 1 – Escalon, CA 95320


Thank You for your support!