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Heineken USA employees help curb hunger in Truckee

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comHeineken USA employees participated in the revitalization of the Truckee community garden and restoration of the new operating office of Project MANA.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; While this yearand#8217;s late falling snow was a welcomed surprise for avid skiers and snowboarders, it stifled growth of community gardens erected by Project MANA, a hunger relief organization that serves the North and West Shores of Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

Recognizing the organizationand#8217;s need for support, Heineken USA Pacific Zone employees elected Project MANA as the beneficiary of this yearand#8217;s and#8220;Day of Giving,and#8221; a Heineken USA program developed to give back to the communities where its consumers and employees live and work.

On July 6, 15 Heineken USA employees put sales calls and business meetings on hold to lend a hand to the organization. Volunteers participated in the revitalization of a community garden and helped restore a historic Truckee home which now serves as the new operating office for Project MANA. This new office will aid in the organizationand#8217;s expanding its efforts to provide emergency food relief, nutrition education, student lunch programs and other nutrition-related services to the community.

and#8220;Heineken USAand#8217;s contribution helped make it possible for our organization to continue serving the community, even when the elements were against us,and#8221; said Stephanie Blume, Project MANA director of communications. and#8220;It is so great to see community members join together and support the individuals and families who benefit from our program.and#8221;

Heineken USA employees attending the and#8220;Day of Givingand#8221; dug a trench to serve as the foundation for a green house, moved and installed a work shed, built hoop houses for garden beds and participated in other repair and clean-up efforts.

and#8220;Being a responsible member of the community is a core business value for Heineken USA,and#8221; said Chris Brown, Pacific Zone director, Heineken USA. and#8220;We were proud to support Project MANAand#8217;s efforts and hope the new facility will assist their effort to reduce hunger in the community.and#8221;

For more information on Project MANA, please visit http://www.projectmana.org.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com