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!
Moonshine Ink, September 9, 2016 — Project MANA and For Goodness Sake, two local organizations that nourish the Truckee/North Tahoe community in two different, but similarly important ways, are hitting significant milestones this year.
Project MANA, which feeds hundreds of hungry local community members each month, just reached its 25th year of operation in the Truckee and North Tahoe region. For Goodness Sake is a spiritual center celebrating its 10th year in this community as a place where people can nourish their souls through meditation, discussions, and other explorations in a nonjudgmental environment. Both nonprofits work in different ways to feed the body and the soul, serving the physical and emotional well-being of people in this area.
Read the full article here.
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.