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Stanislaus Union School District continues to provide free meals to families in need amid pandemic

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A small school district in Stanislaus County is serving up nourishment to hundreds of families, thanks in part to state funding, and in large part, due to the dedicated staff of the Stanislaus Union School District.

Since the beginning of March, the district has been able to provide free meals to Modesto kids and their families.

In goes some orange juice, throw in some cheese and an apple: both tireless work thanks to essential workers and a recipe that will help families in need. 

“When they offered that to where they would deliver it here at our door, it really lightened the load,” said Bob Cole, who is legally blind.

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New program to provide meals, check-ins for area seniors

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A program providing free meals and daily check-in calls to some of the most at-risk and isolated residents of Stanislaus County and northern Merced County is now open to the public.

Seniors are facing the most severe risks and complications from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of stay-at-home recommendations, many have limited interaction with their neighbors and families and often can’t get groceries on their own.

In response, Legacy Health Endowment and Covenant Care Home and Hospice partnered to pilot a Meals on Wheels and Well Check Calls program. The program is now open to other needy seniors in the area.

This program provides free meals Monday through Friday and a daily wellness phone call. If a senior cannot be reached, or is having an emergency, Covenant Care staff is prepared to step in to get them the help they need. Meals are prepared by the United Samaritan’s Foundation, which has a long history of providing fresh and balanced meals for hundreds of seniors each week through their existing senior feeding programs.

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Today’s Turlock Eats

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Eating out has been a well-mourned commodity since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down social systems and immune systems alike.  Many small businesses in the area have been severely impacted, and some have gone under due to the temporary shut-down and subsequent lack of indoor eating accommodations. Others have still managed to survive by delivering or offering outdoor seating options. Being that many students are still residing in Turlock, whether on campus or off, they may wish to be informed of the numerous tasty and affordable places to eat.

Willie’s Pizza and Wings + Lulu’s Ice Cream Parlor

Run by the same owner, these two establishments have a variety of foods to offer, and at decent prices as well.

Owner Patricia Ashman says that “Willie’s makes everything from scratch, pizza sauces, wing sauces, everything. We grate our own cheese and slice all of our vegetables. We have a really cool ‘hella hella hot wing’ challenge.” The menu ranges between $7.50 for 6-piece wings and about $27 for a specialty pizza.

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Auction Outreach Beyond the Block

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It's no question the livestock and agricultural industries have seen the importance of community sacrifice and spirit in 2020. A global pandemic, economic market swings and unexpected natural disasters continue to challenge rural livelihoods. But much like the livestock they raise or the crops they cultivate, ag communities continue to prove resilient.

Livestock auctions have been a source of economic opportunity and community morale for decades. Though this year posed numerous obstacles to those in the livestock industry, auctions continue to invest in the health and longevity of their communities.

Turlock Livestock Auction Yard (TLAY), located in Turlock, California, has been assisting with and supporting events in their community for over 30 years. Representative for Turlock and Manager of Dairy Video Sales, Jake Bettencourt, says the relationship between auctions and their communities has always been intertwined.

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Habit Burger wants to come to Ceres

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The Habit Burger wants to come to the Whitmore Plaza Shopping Center in Ceres and has an application on Monday’s Ceres Planning Commission agenda.

Angel Speed 3 LP will be seeking approval for a conditional use permit to build a 3,114-square-foot restaurant with a 658-square-foot patio dining area.

The building plans to occupy a vacant pad directly north of Bob’s Coffee Shop and  farthest west of the Taco Bell on Whitmore Avenue.

The Habit Burger is a national burger chain that opened in recent years in Modesto and Turlock.

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Wild Fires Impact Almond Drying

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The California wildfires blowing smoke all over the central valley is having an impact on almonds drying on the orchard floor.

Roger Duncan is a UCANR farm advisor for nut crops in Stanislaus County. He said it was quite dark out there during those afternoons. And it did have an impact on those drying almonds.

“It did it, it had a pretty big effect early on the earliest Nonpareil before these fires started, they were drying very nicely on the ground,” said Duncan. “Things were moving along quickly and then once the smoke came, it became cooler and more humid and they just weren't drying as well,” he said

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Stanislaus farm income in 2019 was solid though not spectacular.

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Stanislaus County on Tuesday reported about $3.6 billion in gross farm income last year, up slightly from 2018.

The report is a reminder of agriculture’s strength amid a COVID-19 pandemic that has made a mess of the 2020 economy in general.

Almonds once again were the top-grossing farm product in 2019, followed by milk, chickens, cattle and nurseries that grow fruit and nut trees.

Milton O’Haire, the county agricultural commissioner, unveiled the report at the morning meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

He stressed, as usual, that the document does not account for farm production costs, and thus for profit or loss.

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Turlock businesses help feed fire evacuees

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While smokey air and raining ash are the only ramifications of statewide fires suffered in Turlock over the past week, local business owners have taken it upon themselves to help the Salvation Army feed evacuees.

As the MOC Fire burns in Tuolumne County, evacuees settled into Mariposa hotels in recent days and anxiously awaited news on their homes. They didn’t have to worry about where their next meal would come from, however, as Turlock/Modesto Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator Megan Patterson took to social media in search of businesses that were willing to donate food.

After posting a plea on the popular Facebook page Turlock To Go, the donations began pouring in. Restaurants and businesses that have helped so far include: Vito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, Olde Tyme Pastries, MOD Pizza, Chong’s Cuisine, Willie’s Pizza and Wings, Village Fresh Market, Savor Charcuterie, Crumbl Cookies and Kraving Kebab Pizza. Local church group Hilmar Helping Hands has also contributed, as have local residents Chelsi Knowles of Cost Less Market, Lori Crivelli and Lana Casey.

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New food trailers hit Central Valley streets; Slick Fork BBQ, Super Sope already busy

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Food trucks have been hot — both figuratively and literally, given this is summer in the Central Valley — for a while now. But thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they’re hotter than ever.

Demand for mobile food vendors across the valley has skyrocketed as they partner with local breweries and bars to allow them to stay open while under shutdowns meant to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Into that mix has come two new food trucks from familiar names in the region. Slick Fork BBQ, a Hughson barbecue joint that opened in 2018, and Super Sope, a Turlock-based catering company, both have new food trailers on the street and they’re already in high demand.

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Stanislaus-area folks get food and more amid coronavirus thanks to donors, businesses

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Donors continue to help Stanislaus County people short of food and other items because of the coronavirus emergency. And a local company has doubled its staff to help assure that food is delivered.

The Modesto Bee’s latest roundup includes an anonymous donation of about $850,000 to the United Way of Stanislaus County, part of $15 million around California.

It features a Turlock couple donating their federal stimulus checks to the United Samaritans Foundation, a local food and clothing charity.

And a Ballico-based company, Ag Link, has a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its produce-to-schools business to serve other recipients.

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