Tracy Talks: Bounty of resources available for residents in need
by Anne Marie Fuller
Mar 07, 2014 | 4061 views | 1 1 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are many services offered to the local community, and some have remained under the radar for years. I have recently learned of several different groups offering groceries, meals, pet food and clothes for those in need. In this week’s column, I will list as many as space allows.

Each Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Hill House Foundation offers food to local residents at 11176 West Larch Road. A $5 donation gets you a box of groceries that may include fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, breads and pastries.

“People will tell me that they will make their meals off of what we have that day,” said Tiny Hill of Hill House Foundation. “That makes me feel good. The $5 goes to pay for the food getting here; we are not financially assisted.”

The group will also host a fundraiser on May 18, with a live band featuring music from the 1950s through the ’80s. For more information, call 832-0006.

On Mondays and Wednesdays — except the third Wednesday of the month — San Joaquin County offers emergency food free to the first 20 people who show up at 8 a.m. at the Larch-Clover Community Center, 11157 W. Larch Road. In addition, there’s a free monthly farmers market the fourth Tuesday of the month for the first 71 people who show up between 11 a.m. and noon. The county also gives away surplus government food from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Larch-Clover Community Center. This service is offered for those who live in zip codes 95304, 95376, 95377, 95385 and 95391. You must take proof of address and income and a grocery bag. For more information, call 468-3679 or 468-8066.

The Bread of Life, based in Stockton, offers free groceries and clothes on the third Saturday of the month at True Vine Christian Church, 711 W. Carlton Way, from 9 to 11 a.m. Residents must preregister and will receive three or four bags of food with water and juices. For more information, call 229-8812.

Tracy Interfaith Ministries, at 311 W. Grant Line Road, offers services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Local residents can get free food, clothing, hygiene products and household items. The group is also working on its annual dinner fundraiser, with proceeds going to buy food for the program. The fundraiser is scheduled April 5 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church parish hall. For more information, call 836-5424.

No Place Like Home Animal Rescue runs a pet food bank at 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Dr. Powers Park, 900 W. Lowell Ave. Pet food and available supplies are offered free to local residents with pets in need. Drop-off donations are welcome. For more information, call 207-3285.

• Anne Marie Fuller, National Mrs. Beauties of the Nation and Mrs. California BOTN, is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26. Contact her at

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March 08, 2014
Do you think the feedlot cows you butcher for your over-bred dogs are in need of some love?

If you look into the eyes of a cow and ask him if he is ready to be your meal and your dog's meal, do you think he would answer, "Absolutely!"

"We decide which animals may live in luxury and which animals will die in squalor."

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