Project MANA says need great for Thanksgiving
Sun News Service
INCLINE VILLAGE ” Project MANA’s Thanksgiving food drive is underway and the Tahoe-Parasol Community Foundation non-profit is helping those who are less fortunate to have a Thanksgiving dinner.
MANA’s Executive Director George LeBard said the nonprofit plans to distribute Thanksgiving dinners this Saturday from its locations in Incline Village, Kings Beach and Truckee.
“What we’ve done is circulated a list to other aid agencies and local churches and asked them to refer the people to us who they think may need a hand with Thanksgiving dinner,” LeBard said.
Those who need help can stop by the Donald W. Reynolds Non-Profit Center in Incline, the Kings Beach Elementary School or the Recreation Center in Truckee for the meals. LeBard said MANA plans to distribute either only whole, frozen turkeys or a full Thanksgiving meal including the turkey, vegetables, fruits and other produce for the holiday.
Project MANA plans to host a turkey drive today because more people than ever before are signed up for Thanksgiving assistance.
“We have 475 people across the North Shore and into Truckee signed up, and another 50 plus on the waiting list. We need more turkeys because they have been pretty expensive this year and the stores have been having a hard time getting them in,” LeBard said.
The drive is scheduled to take place today in the Raley’s parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., where LeBard said MANA will have its truck ready to accept turkeys.
MANA is planning to host a Thanksgiving cooking class and potlatch dinner next Tuesday to add to its Thanksgiving festivities. LeBard said the class will start at 10 a.m. and cover the ins-and-outs of baking a turkey, making stuffing and other Thanksgiving essentials. At 2 p.m., the public is welcome to come to MANA’s office for a Thanksgiving potlatch with the food made at the class.
On Wednesday, MANA plans to wrap up its holiday service by providing cooked Thanksgiving meals to the sick and elderly who can’t leave their homes.
Mazon, a Jewish hunger-relief organization based in Los Angeles made its yearly donation to Project MANA in the sum of $8,000 for general operating costs. Mazon’s partnership with MANA is in its 13th year.
Dr. H. Eric Shockman, MAZON’s president, said MANA is a worthy nonprofit.
“MANA is one of the model organizations serving the hungry and poor. They provide a critical service to the North Shore and we’re always happy to help. In our opinion they are extremely effective with the money we give them,” Shockman said.
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