Project MANA was founded in 1989 by a local Sierra Nevada College student who fed the local community out of her garage with one case of donated soup. Now 25 years later, Project MANA has grown to serve nearly 3,000 individuals across 3 counties in Nevada and California within the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region.
Our mission is to reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families, the community and the region. In addition to providing hunger relief, we have developed programs designed to alleviate the causes of hunger and promote nutrition through education and awareness.
Project MANA believes that adequate food for the maintenance of physical, emotional, and mental well-being is a basic human right. Since July of 1991, Project MANA has responded to the emergency food needs of individuals, families, and children in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities by:
Providing immediate relief to those experiencing hunger via weekly food distributions and food deliveries to homebound community members.
Educating and empowering individuals and families experiencing hunger to identify and alleviate the causes of hunger.
Mobilizing human and other community resources to advocate for the food insecure and low-income populations, alongside educating the community about hunger issues.
Breaking the cycle of hunger and building a hunger-free community.
To achieve our mission, we have developed a variety of programs to assist in alleviating hunger and identifying its root causes. A detailed list of our programs and how you can get involved is provided in Program & Services.
The video above provides more information about Project MANA's programs, dedicated volunteers, and services in the North Tahoe/Truckee region.