Project MANA’s annual food drive falls short |

Project MANA’s annual food drive falls short

INCLINE VILLAGE ” Project MANA’s 13th annual Brown Bag food drive hasn’t gone as well as George LeBard, MANA’s executive director, had hoped.

“We’re down from past years, it has been pretty slow,” LeBard said about the food collection.

LeBard was hoping to collect at least 3,000 pounds of food from this year’s drive.

The food drive was originally slated to run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 7., but it was extended until Sept. 24 due to poor results.

LeBard said that the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation is pitching in to help the food drive and he is confident the nonprofit organization will hit its target with the congregation’s assistance.

Project MANA volunteers collected food from donation barrels in Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City and Incline Village. The barrels are no longer available at those drop sites, but LeBard said that MANA welcomes donations at its office in the Donald W. Reynolds Non-Profit Community Center in Incline Village.

“We need cereals, rice, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, everything will help,” LeBard said.

In 2006, Project MANA provided food for 27,957 people on the North Shore, including residents of Incline Village, Kings Beach, Tahoe City and Truckee.

The food is distributed three times a week across the North Shore.

Tuesday distributions are in Truckee at the Recreation Center on Church Street. On Wednesday, food is distributed at the Family Resource Center in Kings Beach and on Thursday it is distributed out of Project MANA’s home office at the Donald W. Reynolds Non-Profit Community Center in Incline Village.

Homebound residents, often injured or elderly, also benefit from MANA’s delivery of essential food to their homes.

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