Sierra Sun, June 2016 — While shuttling truckloads of food to North Lake Tahoe-Truckee communities four days a week, local nonprofit Project MANA serves roughly 3,000 individuals and families every year in an effort to quell the incidence of hunger throughout the region.
Playing a central role in Project MANA’s hunger relief efforts has been the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, which for 20 years has provided funding to the nonprofit, including resident and storage grants in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center in Incline Village for the past 14 years.
Come July 1, however, the center will no longer be home for Project MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Accessible), as Parasol this spring opted to not renew its grants with the agency.
Read the full article here.
Project MANA has been nominated for Non-Profit Organization of the Year by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber! We are so honored to be recognized and to be in the company of so many other amazing non profits. Join us on April 20th at the Awards Dinner by purchasing your tickets here. We'd also like to thank our donors, volunteers, staff, and supporters- Project MANA wouldn't be able to fight hunger in our community without you!
The Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation is currently conducting a housing study that will help our community partners and policymakers better understand the current housing crisis in North Lake Tahoe/Truckee and they need your input!
To participate in the survey process, click here. Thanks to TTCF for their hard work in the community and their support of Project MANA!
On Sept. 14 at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City, Tahoe League for Charity honored its grant award recipients for 2015. In our effort to do the most good for the largest number of people with our limited funds, we awarded a total of $4,000 to the following:
$500 was awarded to AAUW-North Tahoe to help support a middle school female student attending Tech Trek Math and Science Camp. Jan Potter accepted the award.
$500 was awarded to the Friends of the Kings Beach Library. Our donation will enrich the library’s local interest section of books and materials written by local authors encompassing local trail guides, local history etc. Anne Greenwood accepted the award.
$500 was awarded to the North Tahoe Resource Center to support the development of a comprehensive financial literacy and coaching program for low-income community members. Amy Kelley accepted the award.
$500 was awarded to Project MANA for the emergency food needs of low-income children, seniors and families and was accepted by Heidi Allstead.
$1,000 was awarded to Sierra Senior Services, providing daily meals to 400 at-risk seniors at the community dining room or the Meals on Wheels Program in the Tahoe Truckee area. The award was forwarded to Sarah Deardorff.
$500 was awarded to The Tahoe Rim Trail Association to support a 2016 Youth Backcountry Camp provided to the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe encouraging active outdoor lifestyles. John Singlaub accepted the award.
$500 was awarded to the Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation, which provides low cost spay/neuter assistance, as well as emergency and basic veterinary care for injured and sick pets. Coral Amende accepted the award.
Sierra Sun, August 12, 2015 — Tahoe Food Hub hosted its first “gleaning” event on Monday, July 20. Gleaning is when a team of volunteers harvests vegetables that would otherwise go to waste in the field, and donate that perfectly good food to local food banks and hunger-relief agencies. “This could be North Lake Tahoe’s first organized gleaning event, and our organization is thrilled to provide this opportunity,” remarks Susie Sutphin, Tahoe Food Hub Executive Director. “In bringing equity back into the food system, Tahoe Food Hub not only wants to get the farmer a fair price but equal access to the food we source.”
The gleaning event was coordinated among local nonprofits, individuals and region farms. Former Truckee Elementary PTO President Alex Herrera led the charge as volunteer coordinator. Tahoe Food Hub put the word out to all their farms, asking they alert the nonprofit when they had excess crops that would get tilled under or fed to the pigs if not harvested.
Local Girl Scout Troop No. 1310 heard about the project and wanted to donate money to buy supplies such as harvest buckets, storage bins, gloves, and clippers.
Project MANA is a close partner of Tahoe Food Hub and was the natural destination for the donated produce.
On Friday the 17th, Mountain Bounty Farm in Nevada City contacted Tahoe Food Hub for a gleaning on July 20. “… We had five adults and four teens organized for the … gleaning. It was a really impressive response with just a few days notice,” said Herrera. In a 2.5-hour span, volunteers harvested 280 pounds of Chioggia beets, 255 pounds of sweet corn, 20 pounds of cherry tomatoes and 8 pounds of basil. The volunteer team brought the produce back to the hub’s Farm Shop at the bottom of Alpine Meadows Road, where it was stored overnight and delivered the next day to the Project MANA warehouse in Incline Village for its four distribution sites Monday through Thursday of each week.
“To get local, fresh, sustainably grown food is a real treat,” commented Brian Hunt, Project MANA Food Supply Manager. “When we get local food from the food hub, we like to share the story with our community members so they too can be better connected to where their food comes from.”
For more information about the Tahoe Food Hub, visit their website here.
Feeding America, 2015 — National hunger relief organization Feeding America has released their latest "Map the Meal" infographic that includes data from 2009-2013, average meal costs by county, and food insecurity rates by county and state. In the three counties served by Project MANA, the food insecurity rates average 12-14%, and meal costs are highest in California (Placer & Nevada counties). Find the full map and more details about food insecurity in America here.
The federally-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has just released their findings for nutritional policy based on research of current public health conditions and informs national nutrition policies. Highlights include:
The majority of the U.S. population has low intakes of key food groups including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy. Americans eat more refined grains and added sugars than is recommended.
Obesity and other health conditions with a nutritional origin are highly prevalent in the U.S.
Healthy diets are high in vegetables, fruits, seafood, legumes and nuts, and low in red or processed meats.
Alcohol consumption (for adults only) should be moderate for maximum health.
Individual behavior changes in exercise and diet can lead to improved national public health and lower rates of obesity and other health conditions.
Social and economic factors can greatly influence dietary and behavioral patterns, particularly when households are food insecure.
Sodium, saturated fat and added sugars can be included in a healthy diet, in reduced portions.
The full report can be found here.