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It’s the time of year for giving. All over the world and and even in this small mountain town, there are many families that go hungry every day.  Project MANA is here to help elevate the 1 out of 7 community members who are hungry in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area.

Project MANA was founded in 1989 by a local Sierra Nevada College student.  Now it has grown to serve nearly 3,000 individuals.  The mission is simple, reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families and the community.  Project MANA is taking this further, they have developed programs designed to alleviate the causes of hunger and promote nutrition through education and awareness.

By partnering with local grocery stores, vendors and food banks, they are able to redirect perishable food that would otherwise go in the trash.  This food is then delivered to those in need. Nonperishable food is donated from all sources from individuals, grocery stores and food banks.  The last component is simply purchasing food to keep up with the demand and ensure a nutritionally balanced food package.

When it is time to distribute the food, many generous volunteers come in to the picture to sort food, deliver weekly drops, host a food drive or help in the office with administrative work.  It takes a lot to keep this operation in motion and it is thanks to the dedicated people  behind this organization, the less fortunate in our area have somewhere to turn for support.  Their work was honored this year at the Truckee Chamber of Commerce awards with 2017 non-profit organization of the year.

Click here to learn more about Project MANA, one of the local non-profits that I am proud to donate to.