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Let’s Talk Turkey food drive underway

JESSICA LAND, Sierra Sun

Project MANA’s Let’s Talk Turkey Thanksgiving food drive is under way and Truckee coordinator Chelsea Colby is sorting through piles of donated dinner staples such as rice, beans, pasta, produce and canned goods.

“There must be 2,000 pounds of food here,” she said. “I can’t even walk around my office like I normally do.”

Project MANA has been helping serve families on Thanksgiving in the Tahoe area for six years.

Colby’s job as this year’s Americorps volunteer from Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is to organize the stacks of food into bags that will be handed out to local families in need. There are 70 people signed up to receive bags of food on Saturday at the Community Center downtown.

The food was collected and delivered by local Boy Scouts of America who “scouted for food” in Truckee. They distributed flyers door-to-door a couple weeks ago, then returned a week later to collect the donations. Colby said they were very successful in collecting non-perishable foods.

Greg Ginocchio, Project MANA’s program director in Kings Beach, said the best part of the food drive is that parents encourage their kids to get involved.

“We had one guy with his 3-year-old daughter make 20 pumpkin pies for this,” he said. A former volunteer made two hundred pies one year.

Food collection in Truckee is not yet complete, though.

We still need 50 turkeys,” Colby said. The 10 to 15 pound turkeys cost the project about $10 each. “

We are taking turkey, produce and cash donations until Friday,” said Colby.

Those interested in contributing should contact her this week at (530) 582-4079.


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