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Local agencies begin ‘Holiday Food Drive Challenge’

TAHOE CITY, Calif. —In the spirit of giving, the Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) and North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD) are on a mission to curb hunger this holiday season. The neighboring agencies created a "Holiday Food Drive Challenge" to see who can donate the most food to Project MANA before Christmas.

The "Holiday Challenge" officially began on Dec. 3. Employees have until Dec. 20 to load barrels full of food to support those in need.

"We feel it is important to give back to our community, and a friendly competition is a great motivator to team up and help out," said Cindy Gustafson, TCPUD's general manager and Challenge instigator.

Michael Schwartz, NTFPD's Fire Chief stated, "The employees at NTFPD are fired up to win this challenge and we encourage other agencies to get involved and make a difference this holiday."

Project MANA is in need of healthy, non-perishable items and their most requested items are:

Canned meals: stews, soups, pasta dishes

Canned proteins: peanut butter, almond butter, tuna, beans, salmon

Grains: cereal, oatmeal, rice, pasta

Canned fruits and vegetables

Shelf stable milk or milk substitutes: almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk

Community members are encouraged to stop by the TCPUD and NTFPD and donate non-perishable food in the designated barrels. To create your own food drive, contact Project MANA directly at 775-298-0008.