Volunteers Help Make Project MANA's Mission Possible
For more than 16 years, Truckee locals Rita and Dave Holtabeck have been rescuing food (bread, desserts, eggs and dairy) from the Truckee Safeway on weekly basis. They deliver this perishable food to Project MANA's warehouse in Truckee for distribution to the 1 in 7 local community members experiencing hunger insecurity via our weekly food distributions in Tahoe City, Truckee, Kings Beach and Incline Village, as well as though our FACE (Food and Companionship Exchange) program for individuals who are homebound.
Thanks to volunteers like Rita and Dave, Project MANA's food distributions include about 47% of rescued food, with another 34% donated from individuals, food drives, food banks and the USDA. Rescuing perishable food from stores, restaurants and farms that would otherwise be disposed of reduces food waste in our region by diverting it to those in need and helps Project MANA to ensure that at each food distribution visit, individuals and families receive a balanced variety of nonperishable goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, dairy items, and meat products.
When asked why he volunteers with Project MANA, Dave said, "Everyone must have food." Rita tells us her biggest take away from volunteering with Project MANA is, "that we need to be concerned about the well-being of the human community, especially those that are hurting. My faith means reaching beyond my comfort zone to care for others and that is why I support Project MANA."
On Shrove Tuesday in February 2018, Squaw Valley Chapel, Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church and Church of the Mountains held their annual pancake breakfast. At the request of Rita and Dave, Project MANA was named as this year's non profit beneficiary.
THANK YOU RITA & DAVE!
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