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220 South Broadway
Turlock, CA 95380

United Samaritans Foundation

We are the largest non-profit direct food distributor to the hungry within Stanislaus County,
serving over 30,000 meals a month.


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It's Time to go to the Fair!

Walk for Love for USF

Walk for Love for USFThe Hughson Harvest Festival is proud to present the Third Annual Walk for Love, September 20, 2015 at the Hughson High School track, benefiting the wonderful non profits in their community. This event is a walk a thon and the money that is raised by each non-profit goes directly to their cRunnerharity.

United Samaritans Foundation needs sponsors and walkers alike to help raise money for our programs. The event will take place from 9:00 am -2:00 pm. If you would like to be sponsor, a walker and or have a team please call Barbara or Bev at 209-668-4853.

Community Canned Food Drive at the
Stanislaus County Fair Opening Night

The Stanislaus County Fair opens on Friday July 10, 2015 at 5 pm. Mark your calendar now to attend! Bring two (2) cans of food or more and receive a $2 discount coupon on adult admission to the Fair, opening night only. Please be generous and help fill our shelves. Volunteers needed to receive food – 2 hour shifts. Call Esther (209) 668-4853 or email her at Thank you to the Modesto Bee for the sponsorship of opening night.

Look for our special booth inside the fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday. Sign up for a chance to win a New Holland Toy Riding Tractor with Wagon, courtesy of Garton Tractor.

No purchase necessary. Need not be present to win.
Winner will be announced on
Monday, July 13, 2015

All American
Apple Pie Contest

Apple Pie

The 11th Annual All American Apple Pie Contest is on Friday, July 10th at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Judges will taste and rate each pie for appearance, taste & texture of the crust and filling.

To enter your pies you must register before July 10th at the Fairgrounds office (corners of Canal Dr. and Broadway). Dust off those recipes and get ready to bake, bake, and bake!!! You could take home the 1st place prize of $100 or 2nd place prize of $50.

Event Sponsor, Dr. Dave Dubyak Family Chiropractic, asks everyone to bake. All pies entered are donated to United Samaritans Foundation to be served on the mobile lunch trucks to share with those in need. For more information contact the Fairgrounds at 668-1333 or Dubyak Family Chiropractic at 668-1944.

Thank you in advance for your delicious pies!

USF Out & About
& News Update

Samaritan Village Senior Resource Fair – On May 14 USF hosted an information table for seniors at Resource Fair sponsored by Samaritan Village and Care More.

Salvation Army Civil Rights Training - USF was presented with Certificate of Appreciation for a “Triple Play Volunteer Service”. United Samaritans Foundation works with the Salvation Army to: provide Commodities Program at the Hughson Site, to distribute food boxes for the DFAP Program via the mobile lunch trucks and at the Turlock Site, and as a Food Pantry distributing emergency food boxes.

City of Turlock - United Samaritans Foundation was awarded a CDBG Grant for $10,000 for their Emergency Food Box Program by the City of Turlock. The grant money will be used to purchase food to help fill the emergency food boxes. Last year 6,566 men, women, and children were served through this program. Thank you City of Turlock!

Kiwanis of Greater Turlock Maytini - USF Staff showed their support of the Kiwanis of Greater Turlock and the good work that they do in our community by attending their Maytini event on May 16th.

Kaiser Permanente: “Kaiser Permanente‘s social mission is to improve the health of the community they serve.” (From a letter United Samaritans Foundation received on May 22, 2015) The letter went on say “We recognize the great work that your organization provides in helping to achieve this, and are pleased to present you with the enclosed check for $30,000.” Thank you to Kaiser Permanente for working in partnership with United Samaritans Foundation to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. These grant funds will be used to help purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for meals served through our Mobile Lunch Program. They will also be added to food boxes for our Emergency Food Box Program. This gift will also help purchase milk for both programs.

Food Truck Wars
A Great Success

The Stratford At Beyer Park,(3529 Forest Glenn Drive, Modesto) hosted a “Food Truck War event on Friday, June 19, from 5pm to 7 pm. There were seven different food trucks that participated. Lots of yummy food was enjoyed by many. As part of the event, those attending were asked to bring canned food donations to benefit United Samaritans Foundation. 1,070 pounds of food was collected along with $167. Thank you to all who donated. If you didn’t make this year’s event look for it to happen again in May 2016. Thank you to Christina Mize and all the Staff at the Stratford for putting together such a fun event for their residents and the community. The winner of the Food Truck Wars was “Food Fix”.

Making A Difference

Because of your faithful support, meals served on our trucks during the month of May 2015, were 29,324.

In our Emergency Food Box Program, 298 families (510 people) were provided with a three-day, three meals per day supply of food, equaling 4,590 meals.

Total meals provided in May: 33,914

We couldn't do all this without your help. Thank you!

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Keep using your SHARES cards! USF received $635.28 from the SHARES program in the 1st quarter of 2015!


The Board of Directors of United Samaritans Foundation (USF) has announced that long-time Executive Director, Barbara Bawanan, will retire from her position August 28, 2015. Barbara has been involved with the agency almost from its be-ginning as it evolved from a small local nonprofit delivering lunches to the needy via two mobile service vehicles serving only Turlock and Hughson to a county-wide resource with four mobile food service vehicles serving 1500-1800 lunches a day 5 days a week. In her 19 years with the agency (the last eight as Executive Director) Barbara feels truly blessed to have been able to con-tribute to the success of the United Samaritans Foundation to serve the community. In its twenty years of serving the commu-nity, USF has also instituted a much needed Emergency Food Box Program; Clothes Closet Program; and Homeless Support Ser-vices Program providing showers, laundry facilities, mail service, telephone service and referrals to homeless individuals and families.

USF’s Assistant Director/ Grant Administrator, Bev Hatcher will become the Interim Executive Director when Barbara leaves the end of August. Bev has a wealth of work experience both as a grant writer and public policy/community relations professional in Stanislaus County. She is a great asset for United Samaritans Foundation.

According to USF Board Vice-President Ron Emerzian, “The Board has been fortunate to benefit from the services provided by Barbara as Executive Director. She truly has lived our mission which is to help those in need in Stanislaus County. She has helped to build an organization which not only feeds the hungry, but treats our clients with dignity. Barbara, well deservedly, wants to spend more time with her family and grandchildren. The Board and Staff will miss Barbara and we welcome Bev to continue to move the organization and services forward.”

Volunteers Needed!

We are in great need of Spanish speaking and Assyrian speaking volunteers to help with intake of applications for our Emergency Food Box Program, held on the last Tuesday and Friday of each month from 9AM-12PM. We need help starting in July. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Esther at 209.668.4853.


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Hunger and Homelessness in California

4.3 Million people experience hunger each year in
California, and an estimated 350,000 are homeless.
Today, 4.6 million Californians, including
1.8 million children live in poverty.
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July Wishes

Thanks for all the generous donations that came in last month. Some of the things we are still in need of: Men & Women’s short sleeve shirts, shorts, jeans, socks, underwear, razors, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and shampoo. The toiletries you've saved from your trips are wonderful!

We also need cleaning supplies which include: Soft Scrub, Comet, Simple Green and bleach. We’re in need of an additional garden wagon to use on our food box days!

Thank you for your continued support and your monthly donations.


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