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WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH, SOUTH LAKE TAHOE VOLUNTEERS

When times are tough, South Lake Tahoe volunteers and businesses step up

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Pedro Lopez of Bijou Boys and GIrls Club handing out Base Camp Pizza at BIjou. Photo by STN

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – As one would expect in South Lake Tahoe, the community has been coming together to help others during these trying times and uncertainty.

Base Camp Pizza has been one of those businesses that have helped out the community. On Friday they dropped off 120 pizzas, 75 salads and 100 pasta dishes to Bijou Community School for families there who were picking up kids’ homework and other supplies to use for at-home study. Local girl scouts donated boxes of cookies to hand out.

This week Base Camp Pizza has also dropped off about 70 pizzas for staff at Barton Hospital, 15 to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and 60 to the Warming Room. The popular Heavenly Village business did make the decision to close due to coronavirus concerns so their employees could stay safe.

The closure of Harrah’s, Harveys, Heavenly and Edgewood left them with trucks full of extra food so they dropped off them at Bread & Broth for their Friday and Monday food bag giveaways. Volunteers worked hard to get the food ready which included donations from Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Whole Foods, Raley’s, and McDonald’s. The bags of food will be provided at the pantry window of Grace Hall at St. Theresa Catholic Church from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Monday and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. each Friday…..READ MORE

BREAD AND BROTH CONTINUE MODIFIED SERVICES

Bread and Broth continuing modified services for food insecure residents

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Bread and Broth has made changes to their normal procedures to help food insecure residents of South Lake Tahoe during the COVID-19 crisis.

Effective immediately, B&B’s Monday Meal and Second Serving Friday meals will be cancelled but bags of food will be provided at the pantry window.

Meals can be picked up at Grace Hall at St. Theresa Catholic Church from 4-5:30 p.m. each Monday and 3-5 p.m. each Friday. The bags will be packed with mostly non-perishable food and possibly some meat products for those who have access to cooking equipment….READ MORE

BREAD & BROTH ADJUST SERVICES

Bread & Broth adjusts services but still feeding the hungry in South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Bread & Broth has made changes to their normal procedures in helping food insecure residents of South Lake Tahoe.

As an all-volunteer organization, they have been proudly serving the community since 1989 and will continue to do so as long as possible through these uncertain times due to the coronavirus COVID-19 health issues…READ MORE

Kirkwood Mountain Resort Adopt A Day of Nourishment

left to right: Aryn Yancker, Dora Akers, Matt Jones, Katie Wry.

For over 30 years, Bread & Broth has been providing meals at St. Theresa Church’s Grace Hall to all who come to our door.  Over the years, the number of meals served weekly has changed, but currently B&B serves two meals, Monday Meal and Second Serving on Fridays, every week of the year.   As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, B&B relies on the generosity of time and monetary support from our local community to provide the wonderful and nutritious meals that are enjoyed by our dinner guests.

Two of B&B’s on-going supporters of our Monday Meal dinner are the local Vail Resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.   Thanks to the funding provided by Vail’s EpicPromise grant program, the two resorts sponsor a total of 12 Adopt a Day of Nourishment dinners annually.  Additionally, the grant funds also support our Thanksgiving meal and funding for our B&B 4 Kids programs.

On Monday, March 2nd, it was Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s turn to host the evening’s Monday Meal.   Kirkwood’s amazing Adopt A Day team members Dora Akers, Matt Jones, Katie Wry and Aryn Yancher arrived at 3:00 p.m.to help with the dining area setup and food “giveaway” bag packing.  When Grace Hall’s doors opened at 4:00 p.m., the Kirkwood team manned the serving line and finished off their volunteer efforts with the meal’s cleanup.

“Thank you for the opportunity to give back to the community,” said Matt Jones, Kirkwood’s VP and General Manager.  “We are humbled to help out such a wonderful organization.”  B&B is very fortunate to have the support of Vail Resorts and their great team members in our efforts to ease hunger.  Thanks to Vail and all of their team members who have volunteered over the last 8 years, over 9,000 meals have been served to those in need.

For more information on B&B’s AAD sponsorships, donating, volunteering, or meal service information visit www.breadandbroth.org or call Carol Gerard at 530-542-2876.

Tahoe Douglas Rotary Feeds Those In Need

Rotarians Ryder Evans and Paul Thibodeau

Sponsoring their first Adopt A Day of Nourishment for this year, the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club donated $300 to host Bread & Broth’s Monday Meal dinner on February 24th and helped feed those in need in our community. Having sponsored 5-6 Bread & Broth meals annually for the past several years, the Rotary Club has demonstrated their commitment to dedicating their time and talents to tackling humanitarian challenges.

Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and a chance to give back. Taking their turn at helping at a B&B meal, Rotarians Ryder Evans and Paul Thibodeau volunteered for three hours with the B&B volunteers getting the giveaway food bags packed, preparing the dessert and drink table, manning  the serving line, and finishing off their volunteer shift by helping with the meal’s take down and cleanup.

“We were honored to help Bread & Broth and serve the community,” said Paul and Ryder.  “We are grateful for what we have and have tremendous gratitude for the B&B volunteers.” Sponsoring and volunteering at a B&B meal is a humbling and sobering experience, and it is very heartwarming to experience the gratitude of the folks who enjoy the hot, nutritious meals. These meals provided are thanks to the generous monetary and time donations of organizations like the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club. Kudos to this very generous organization for all they do to support our community.

For more information on B&B’s Adopt A Day sponsorships, donating, volunteering, or meal service information visit www.breadandbroth.org or call Carol Gerard at 530-542-2876.

Bread & Broth recipient of successful Tahoe Chamber Connect for a Cause donations

More than 120 community members attended the January 23 mixer to raise money and food for the group that feeds almost 180 school-age students with a backpack of weekend food as well as hot meals for everyone on Monday and Friday evenings…READ MORE

KUDOS: BREAD AND BROTH THANKS HEAVENLY SKI PATROL

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L-R: Patrick Chu, Colton Terry, Andi Bertolina, Abby Salter, Marissa Streck, Mike Galgay.

Exchanging their Heavenly Ski Patrol jackets for Bread & Broth (B&B) aprons, Patrick Chu, Colton Terry, Andi Bertolina, Abby Salter, Marissa Streck, and Mike Galgay joined the B&B volunteers serving a delicious hot meal to the dinner guests at the Monday Meal on January 27 at St. Theresa Grace Hall. It was a cold evening and the hot chicken noodle casserole, prepared by the talented B&B cooks and served by the Heavenly Ski Patrol Adopt A Day sponsor team members, was a hit with the dinner guests
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AMERICAN CENTURY GRANT

Bread & Broth was one of many non-profits throughout the Tahoe Basin who received a grant from funds raised during the 2019 American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament held last July. The donation was awarded during Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority’s October 10th Board meeting. This grant will be used to support the School Healthy Snack Initiative under the B&B 4 Kids Program. Paula Peterson, B&B 4 Kids co-chairperson, and Carol Gerard, B&B Director, are shown after accepting the donation from LTVA and American Century representatives.
Our thanks to American Century and Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority for their continued generosity in supporting Bread & Broth.

Bread & Broth Meal sponsored by Kirkwood Mountain Resort

 

Everyone in the Lake Tahoe South Shore community is invited to attend any of the weekly meals served by St. Theresa’s Bread & Broth organization in St. Theresa’s Grace Hall.  The Monday Meal is a full-course, hot, nutritious dinner served from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Friday’s Second Serving meal offers a simple entrée and soup served from 4 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   In addition to providing delicious meals, dinner guests are provided the opportunity to take home a food “giveaway” bag containing a variety of foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, canned goods, and breads and pastries.

These meals and food giveaways are made possible by a variety of funding sources and food donors including local stores and businesses, farmer’s markets, private donors, and grants.  However, the primary funding source for the Monday Meal is B&B’s Adopt a Day of Nourishment program.  Adopt A Day sponsors donate $300 to host a meal and send a sponsor crew to help serve at their sponsorship dinner.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort was the Adopt A Day sponsor for the July 15th Monday Meal and Kirkwood team members Joan Gibson, Patricia Maas and Armando Shalhoub volunteered their time to help at Kirkwood’s sponsorship dinner.  “Having just moved to the Tahoe area, I was so excited to have the opportunity to give to our local community,” shared Patricia.  “What a wonderful way to serve others and do good!  All the guests and volunteers were so thankful and hospitable. This evening truly warmed my heart.”

B&B is so grateful to the wonderful Kirkwood team members who come prepared to help at the meals wherever needed and share their warmth and kindness with the evening’s dinner guests.  B&B’s partnership with Vail’s Kirkwood and Heavenly Mountain Resort reflects the commitment that the Vail Resort organization has to our local community.

Dinner Sponsored in Memory of Mac & Jackie McDougall

Long-time South Lake Tahoe resident Janet McDougall sponsored Bread & Broth’s July 1st Adopt A Day of Nourishment.  “I like to sponsor a day once each year to honor the memory of my parents, Mac and Jackie McDougall,” shared Janet.  Janet has been sponsoring a meal which feeds a nutritious and well-balanced meal to up to 100 dinner guests for four years now and she can always to counted on to support Bread & Broth’s program of easing hunger for those in need.

Taking a break from helping serve a BBQ pork rib dinner which her donation helped fund, Janet added, “Serving at Bread & Broth is a privilege!  The cooks do such a fantastic job and it is wonderful to have a chance to interact with lots of members of our community.”   Bringing food and fellowship to those experiencing food insecurity is a deeply moving experience for those who volunteer their time, funds and energy.  To sponsor a meal in memory of a loved one is a thoughtful and moving way to honor those who had a positive impact on one’s life.

Joining Janet in honoring her parents were her good friends Flori Curran, Julie Frame, and Kathleen Maston.  According to Janet, her friends enjoyed and found rewarding their volunteer service feeding others and look forward to helping at her next sponsorship dinner.  Bread & Broth looks forward to having Janet and her warm and caring crew back as an AAD sponsor next year.