El Buen Samaritano

About EBS

El Buen Samaritano Food Program, Inc.

Since 1991, El Buen Samaritano has operated with a team of volunteers to distribute food from USDA, the Worcester County Food Bank, local markets and farms to people in need. In addition to providing food, our agency is also a resource center for government programs, clothing, furniture, and other administrative services.

History and Information:
In 1987, Maria and Osiris Reyes moved to Worcester with their four children after experiencing a major earthquake in Los Angeles. Unemployed and looking for help, organizations such as Friendly House provided critical assistance as the family tried to establish themselves in the community. Shortly after moving to Worcester, chronic arthritis forced Osiris into disability retirement and a new chapter began for their family. They reflected on their journey and witnessed others worrying about providing food for their families.  

In 1991, they approached Gordon Hargrove, executive director at Friendly House, for assistance in establishing an independent non-profit organization. El Buen Samaritano has been supported primarily by donations from the community and small grants through out year.

Established: 1992

Food Distribution Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Emergency food distribution available

Mission Statement:
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we aim to provide food, clothing and other resources to anyone looking for a helping hand.

We envision a community where everyone works together to fight against poverty and eliminate hunger.

Meet Our Team


Osiris Reyes – Executive Director
Maria Reyes – Executive Assistant

Director Operations

Maricelis (Mari) Gonzalez