Project MANA: Thanksgiving food drive |

Project MANA: Thanksgiving food drive

During the past week the word about collections for food for Project Mana’s Thanksgiving program started circulating. And like with most projects, the community started responding. From the JROTC to the Rotary Club of Incline Village, food is arriving at Project MANA for the Saturday distribution to families recommended by agencies, schools or churches for Thanksgiving.

“We give the turkeys out on Saturday to allow the people time to let them thaw out and be ready to cook on Thursday,” said George LeBard, executive director of Project MANA. “Our need is probably going to be close to 600 families this year,” LeBard said. Last year the total distribution for Thanksgiving was 431 families.

Project MANA’s Truckee Program Director Kaili Sanchez said there is absolutely greater need this year ” with a waiting list. “Especially now without the snow, there are families who didn’t think they’d find themselves in this situation,” said Sanchez.

LeBard said even though food is coming in from the food drives, it seems to be lighter than normal this year.

Help Project MANA feed families for Thanksgiving by donating food or the $25 needed to feed one family with a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Donations can be made in cash, check or food and or dropped off at the following locations:

Project MANA

Food (including frozen turkeys) and cash or check donations (made out to Project MANA) can be delivered directly to Project MANA at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village.

Nonperishable items may be dropped above Burger Me in downtown Truckee. Call to arrange a frozen turkey drop at Truckee’s Community Center, Nov. 20, at 582-4079. Or visit and donate by credit card.

The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

Food (including frozen Turkeys), cash or check donations (made out to Project MANA) can be dropped off at the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza office at 925 Tahoe Blvd., Suite 206. The Bonanza is located conveniently across the street from Raleys. Office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you would like to help support Project MANA’s hunger-relief efforts in the North Tahoe community, join a Holiday Cooking Demonstration on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Enjoy a six-course wine-paired tasting menu and cooking demonstration from local chefs, a live auction with Porter and Simon, and silent auction items.

The Holiday Cooking Demo is from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Coyote Moon, 10685 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. Tickets are $55 each, and are available by visiting Florian’s in Truckee or call 550-3803.

All proceeds from ticket sales and live and silent auction items go directly to Project MANA.