We provide food and clothing to low-income and homeless families and individuals in Tracy, California. We also provide emergency rental and utility assistance, as well as referrals for services we are not able to provide.
Tracy Interfaith Ministries began in February of 1988 with six volunteers from various churches in town who joined forces to care for the needy in Tracy. The operation quickly expanded and we now have over one hundred volunteers who run our food bank, clothing store, and holiday giving programs.
We moved to our current building in 2008, which was built entirely with donations from the community. We lease the land from the City of Tracy for $1 a year.
Where do we get the food?
We collect donations from several local grocery stores every day. We purchase food in bulk from Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca, food suppliers, and local grocery stores. We spend about $8,000 a month purchasing food to distribute to clients above and beyond what we receive from stores and donors.
We also receive food from local food drives and individual donors.
Who do we serve?
We serve low-income individuals and families who live in Tracy. All our services are provided free of charge as long as the client qualifies as low-income (based on government-determined income levels.)
The majority of our clients are housed and have jobs. We also serve those who are experiencing homelessness.
Clients receive a box of groceries once a week. It usually includes meat, milk, eggs, cheese, beans, rice, pasta, peanut butter, bread and snacks. We tailor the food box to meet the client’s individual needs and living situation. We do not provide any prepared meals.
Clients can shop for free in our clothing store and find clothes, shoes, household items, toys, books, and more for themselves and their families.
Emergency Bill Assistance
We help qualified clients with rent, PG&E and City of Tracy bills.
We give every eligible school-age and high school student a new backpack filled with school supplies at the beginning of every school year.
We give out a turkey and sides (vegetables, potatoes, rolls, yams, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce). We partner with local churches to provide all the Thanksgiving meals.
We provide a Christmas meal (similar to the Thanksgiving meal) and gifts for children under the age of 18. We work with Brighter Christmas to make sure every child who needs Christmas gifts receives them.
Who We Are
Board of Directors
Sara has served as the Tracy Interfaith Secretary for many years and also serves at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Debbie has a BS in Accounting from CSU Hayward. She worked for Chevron Corporation as a Manager of State Income Tax and Audit. After retiring, Debbie wanted to find some meaningful volunteer work and found that Tracy Interfaith Ministries was the perfect place.
Amy has been a volunteer at Tracy Interfaith Ministries for over 10 years and believes it is a wonderful place to serve. Other community service includes Journey Christian Church and Tracy Woman’s Club.
Kathy is a longtime Tracy resident who worked for Lucky Stores for 30 years before retiring. She chooses to volunteer at Tracy Interfaith because it’s a wonderful organization and she believes giving back to her community is important. She is also an avid animal lover.
Diane worked for over 35 years in the public sector. She enjoys volunteering at Tracy Interfaith and having the opportunity to meet and serve others.
Additional Board Members
Pat Benge, Southwinds Church
Dan Judd, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church
Bonnie McCreary, 1st Presbyterian Church
Lee Wilcox, Consultant
John Williams, People of Christ Missionary Church
Carol Goularte, Grace Christian Church
Lorna Ziller, Assistant Treasurer
Richard Hensen, Journey Church