The City of Escalon through eTrans will conduct a “Stuff The Bus” food drive on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24. The food donated to eTrans will benefit the Escalon C.A.R.E. Center to help those in need for this holiday season. This is the ninth annual event, as this event began in November 2010 in partnership with Big Boy Market and Escalon C.A.R.E., Community Action Resources of Escalon.
In November 2011, the City also began partnering with San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) as part of their larger event in Stockton.
The event is being staged at MarVal’s Main Street Market, 1900 McHenry Ave., in Escalon. Donations will be accepted on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, also from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
eTrans will have a bus parked in front of the store and have volunteers from the City of Escalon and Escalon C.A.R.E. customers there to help out Escalon residents making donations. Both perishable and non-perishable food items will be accepted inside the bus. The Bull will participate on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Customers of MarVal that purchase any item that is donated to the cause will receive a 10 percent discount off their purchases at the store during this weekend event.
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.
For information on eTrans, call (209) 541-6645 or visit www.cityofescalon.org.
For information on Escalon C.A.R.E., call (209) 838-3831 or visit www.escalonpres.org/care-food-bank/.
For more information on Stuff the Bus, visit www.sanjoaquinRTD.com/stuffthebus. For event updates, follow San Joaquin RTD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and look for the event hashtag #stuffthebus. For more information on RTD visit sjRTD.com, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.