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Project MANA drive continues

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

There’s still time to help Truckee’s hungry by donating to Project MANA’s food drive.

Project MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Accessible) has collected 500 pounds of food from Truckee residents and hopes to continue collecting more.

“I think we will get more,” said Trisha Louie, coordinator of Truckee’s Project MANA. “About every other day volunteers pick up about 60 pounds of food.”

There are four food repositories in Truckee, at the Albertsons on Highway 89 and Deerfield Drive, at the 7-11 on State Road 267, at the U.S. Bank and at the fire station on Donner Pass Road.

This is Truckee’s first food drive through Project MANA and judging by food reserves so far, things are going better than expected.

“This year we had a notice in the Sierra Sun and we’ve seen much more support. It has been wonderful. When we went door-to-door there wasn’t much turn-out. We’ve definitely surpassed what we expected,” Louie said.

Truckee’s Project MANA originated three years ago as a college project by local student Ann Ryan. Two other offices, in Kings Beach and Incline Village, began in 1993. The program is partially funded by a federal grant from Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) which places volunteers in low-income areas nationwide to run hunger abatement, literacy, urban housing, art and community garden projects.

However, most of MANA’s funding comes from private sources.

“Community support thus far has been excellent. We have actually gotten better stores of food outside your normal pork and beans. We have red wine vinegar, juice, jalapeno bread mix… I think the community has even gone out and bought food and placed them into the bins, which is outstanding,” Louie said.

The food drive will continue until Sept. 5, but residents can bring food by the Truckee office, located at 11700 Donner Pass Rd. at the Sunset Inn, at any time during the year.

The food will then be available to residents who are homeless, unemployed or earn very little income. The food is distributed at the Community Center every Tuesday at noon.

Recipients are eligible for up to six bags of food per year.

“We serve about 1,000 families in the Truckee area per year.” Louie said. Project MANA serves roughly 38,000 meals annually representing 4,000 households.

For more information call 582-4079.


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