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!