Turlock’s Westside Ministries asks for community support as demand for free food rises

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Westside Ministries of Turlock is asking for community support to fund its food literacy program, which allows it to provide food for the underserved.

Since before the pandemic, the organization has provided free meals for the community as a result of youth tending to its garden. As one of five finalists in heavy-equipment maker Kubota’s competition, which awards the winner $100,000 and loaned equipment, Westside wanted to continue this effort but was outnumbered by 506 votes, said the executive director.

But losing won’t stop Westside from serving the community. Jolynn DiGrazia, the ministries’ executive director, said kids and teens come out to the garden around 8 a.m., ready to work as demand for free food has doubled during the pandemic.

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