Tahoe Expedition Academy students have teamed up with Project MANA on a year-long effort, called “Project MANA-TEA”, to help end hunger in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
“Project MANA-TEA” held its first event, a Spaghetti Feed and Food Drive, at the Boys & Girls Club in Kings Beach on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16. Community members of all ages were invited to share a meal, with a suggested donation of $5 and 1 can of food per person. All food donations and proceeds from the Project MANA-TEA Spaghetti Feed went directly to Project MANA for distribution to our local community.
One hundred and sixty people attended the Spaghetti Feed, including students from the school, despite the epic #Januburied winter storms of 2017. This first initiative of Project MANA-TEA raised and donated $1800 and 265 pounds of food to help with food relief in our community.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. Every year, Americans across the country come together on the Day of Service to serve their neighbors. In deliberating on how best to serve their community, students at TEA recognized an amazing opportunity to kick off Project MANA-TEA on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to help local families.
“Our students are looking forward to making a difference in the Tahoe and Truckee areas with Project MANA-TEA and the upcoming spaghetti feed. We hope that residents of all ages are able to attend this special event to help us make progress towards a hunger-free community,” said Mark Kushner, CEO and Head of +Impact School and TEA.
Project MANA is thrilled to team up with TEA on the year-long Project MANA-TEA to feed those in need in our area and will be sure to keep you posted on upcoming events.
Thank you Tahoe Expedition Academy and +impact!
Project MANA is holding its first ever online auction – for an ultra-luxury 7-day Mediterranean cruise for two aboard a Seabourn Odyssey-class ship.
This cruise, valued at $10,000 opened with a minimum bid of $4000. Bidding is open now and will close at midnight on February 28, 2017. Bid online now.
Funds raised via this online auction of a Seabourn Odyssey 7-Day Mediterranean Cruise will benefit Project MANA. Project MANA’s 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.
The winning bidder’s cruise includes complimentary spirits, wines and beer throughout the ship, as well as all gourmet dining venues. Gratuities are neither required nor expected. All Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to private veranda; comfortable living area; queen-size bed or two twin beds; dining table for two; walk-in closet; interactive flat-screen television; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower; veranda railings are part metal and glass from floor to teak rail.
All arrangements for this cruise will be made with white-glove service through Goldring Travel in Truckee, CA. Assistance with air, hotel, transfers and tours is also available through Goldring Travel.
If you donate a minimum of $100 to Project MANA through our online auction, you will receive a certificate for $500 off any Seabourn cruise booked through Goldring Travel in Truckee, CA.
At the end of January, Project MANA received our annual food drive donation from Safeway into our new Truckee warehouse. And it gave us the opportunity to find out just how great our new Truckee neighbors are!
Through Safeway’s national “Feed the Need” program, the Safeway stores in Truckee, King’s Beach and Tahoe City donated over 30,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Project MANA. Safeway is all about community, so a portion of the food from the North Tahoe stores also went to Truckee Community Christmas. The annual holiday season campaign encourages customers to purchase $10 coupons which fund a virtual bag of assorted food to be donated to a local food bank or food pantry. This year Safeway incentivized their cashiers to help sell these donation coupons and Project MANA received at least SIX TIMES the amount of food we had received the previous year. Thank you Safeway and Safeway team members – your enthusiasm shows!
When the Safeway truck arrived – with 30,000 pounds of food! - Jonny, the driver, expressed doubt that he could maneuver around back to our loading area. He also informed Brian, our food supply manager, that there was no way he could handle the loads with our manual pallet jack.
Off Brian and Jonny went to the Truckee Safeway where they were able to borrow an electric pallet jack. Back at the warehouse, Jonny backed in to the vicinity of our roll-up door, at which point one of our neighbors, Carlo from Western Nevada Supply, offered to help us unload with his forklift.
Brian figured the more the merrier, and decided to see if he could enlist the aid of Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co., as Andrea had offered their forklift earlier in the day. Our new neighbors and their forklifts quickly unloaded all the pallets of non-perishable food into our warehouse.
What had been estimated by Safeway to be 12 pallets tuned out to be 17 pallets and we didn’t have room for all of them in our warehouse. Again, our new neighbors came through! Without missing a beat, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. offered to store six of the pallets in their "cellar".
Brian Hunt, Project MANA’s manager says, “We have AMAZING neighbors! I'm so happy I could cry. Of course there is very little room to maneuver in the warehouse now, but we have most of the non-perishable food we need for the coming year.”
Thank you to Safeway, Western Nevada Supply and Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company!