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Collection Shows Residents Give Generously To eTrans
Escalon Transit Coordinator John Andoh brings a cart with donated grocery items to the eTrans bus during the recent Stuff The Bus food drive; local residents donated nearly 3,000 pounds of food to the effort. Marg Jackson/The Times

Final figures are in and it adds up to almost 3000 pounds of food.

The City of Escalon, through eTrans, held its eighth annual “Stuff This Bus” food drive from Saturday, Nov. 17 to Sunday, Nov. 18 in front of MarVal’s Food Stores and in partnership with San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) as part of their larger event in Stockton and Manteca Transit as part of their event in Manteca.

Transit coordinator John Andoh said eTrans was able to collect 37 turkeys, 149 bags of groceries, 25 coats and $345 in cash. This food – totaling 2,990 pounds – will help those Escalon residents in need of meal assistance this holiday season.

Escalon C.A.R.E. provides food to 100 households a week through its Weekly Emergency Supplemental Food Program on the first, second, fourth and (when applicable) fifth Wednesday of each month from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The C.A.R.E. program is open for the residents of Escalon and Farmington who need food and whose income meets the Federal poverty level (Self-reporting of income is required). A bag of food is provided free, one for each household.

eTrans, MarVal’s Food Stores, Escalon CARE and RTD thank the Escalon community for helping with this food drive, added Andoh.

For information on eTrans, call (209) 541-6645 or visit

For information on Escalon C.A.R.E., call (209) 838-3831 or visit