Tracy Interfaith needs holiday help
by Michael Langley
Oct 24, 2013 | 2850 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Holiday food baskets
Interfaith Ministries warehouse supervisor Reiko McGuinness sorts through food donated for holiday baskets on Tuesday, Oct. 22.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Volunteers at Tracy Interfaith Ministries need some help from the community if they are to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for local families.

Director Darlene Quinn said they need to find enough food to help almost 1,600 Tracy families because the support they usually get isn’t there this year.

“A lot of things have affected us this year,” Quinn said. “Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program is a year behind in their grant money.”

The grant is usually given in January but budget problems in the Federal government have affected everything.

A big donation from GWF Power Systems, which used to own the Peaker Power Plant in west Tracy, is gone after the company was bought by Highstar Capital in December 2012.

“We’re short about $18,000 for the year because of that,” Quinn said.

Volunteer and warehouse manager John Day said that if not for his saving of stuffing and about 300 frozen hams and turkeys from other food donations this year, they would have little to offer people for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“That’s about 1,300 less than we need for both holidays,” Day said.

Day said each meal consists of a turkey, or ham for Christmas, stuffing, canned vegetables, bread and a pie.

St. Barnard’s Church, Journey Christian Church of Tracy and Tracy Presbyterian Church will be able to serve Thanksgiving dinner for 305 local families, leaving about 678 meals that Tracy Interfaith needs to find.

“I think the economy is getting better, but prices have gone up so much we’re struggling to buy some tuna at a reasonable price, because we used to get three cans for a dollar,” Quinn said. “Last week, I couldn’t get it anywhere for less than 98 cents a can.”

Tracy Interfaith is accepting food donations at 311 W. Grant Line Road, behind the fire station.

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