Inter-Faith of Modesto to expand food delivery

kvaline@modbee.comJuly 15, 2013 

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— Inter-Faith Ministries of Greater Modesto is expanding its food delivery program to reach more low-income people who can't get to the nonprofit organization's food bank.

Since 2011, Inter-Faith has delivered groceries to low-

income seniors who don't or can't drive. The home delivery program now includes low-income people who are at least 50 years old and can't leave their homes because they are sick, disabled or lack reliable transportation.

But all people in the program must be able to prepare their meals.

The deliveries are available for qualified families living in Modesto, Empire, Waterford, Salida and Ceres.

Inter-Faith spokeswoman Anna Feist said the Modesto-based nonprofit expanded the program after receiving many requests from people who are not seniors but are homebound because of a disability or for other reasons.

She said expanding the program lets Inter-Faith serve children who are being raised by their grandparents.

Inter-Faith is serving about 45 low-income senior households and can serve as many as 100 low-income sen-ior and nonsenior households. The income limits are available at Inter-Faith, but, for example, a household of one can't have an annual income of more than $17,235. The limits are $23,265 for a family of two and $29,295 for a family of three.

Inter-Faith also is expanding its clothes closet program by bringing that serv-ice to the homebound in its food delivery program.

Inter-Faith will deliver groceries once a month to the families in its home delivery program. Feist said they will get enough food to last a month, and Inter-Faith will offer them menu suggestions on how to make the food last.

Feist said Inter-Faith received a $6,500 grant from United Way of Stanislaus County to pay for the gas for the program for one year and is looking for funding once the grant ends to keep the program running.

People interested in applying for the program can call Inter-Faith at (209) 572-3117. Inter-Faith needs volunteers with vans to help with food deliveries. If you are interested, call Inter-Faith and ask for Chris Mejia.

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