Bread & Broth Supporting Community Members Financially Impacted by COVID and Caldor Fire

Submitted by:Carol Gerard
Director, Bread & Broth

Over eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, those struggling financially from its impact
are now facing the added burden of lost wages and evacuation costs due to the Caldor Fire.
Bread & Broth is once again requesting your financial support to enable us to continue our
mission to ease hunger for our neighbors in need.

Since March of 2020 and prior to the Caldor Fire evacuation, Bread & Broth has been providing
bags of food (in lieu of our twice weekly hot meals) every Monday and Friday at St. Theresa
Grace Hall to anyone who is in need. Individuals and families have been given 4 to 10 bags of
food, depending on the family’s size, which have included meats, milk, eggs, butter, fresh fruit
and vegetables, breads and pastries, and various basic staples such as rice, spaghetti, canned
goods and nutrition bars.

In addition, Bread & Broth has continued its B&B 4 Kids program by providing bags of weekend
kid-friendly nutritious food to LTUSD students throughout the school year since the beginning of
the pandemic and giving out bags of food to children once a week during the summer school

With our twice weekly food bag giveaways and the modified B&B 4 Kids Program implemented
since March of 2020, Bread & Broth has been touching the lives of an average of 1,012 men,
women and children on a weekly basis. We have distributed 75,060 bags of food at our
Monday/Friday giveaways and 21,054 bags of food through our Kids program. With the added
financial burden of the Caldor Fire, we are anticipating a continued need for our support during
the coming months.

Bread & Broth is extremely grateful for the donations of time, funding, and food donations
which have enabled us to provide free food to food insecure neighbors over the past eighteen
months. We would like to acknowledge the El Dorado Food Bank, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut,
Raley’s at the “Y”, Safeway, Smart & Final, and Whole Foods Grocery for their weekly donations
of food to Bread & Broth. In addition to the donation of food from these local businesses, the
outpouring of financial donations from individuals, organizations, and foundations has enabled
Bread & Broth to purchase an average of over $5,700 of food products weekly.

Bread & Broth and its dedicated volunteers are once again seeking your support to help our
community members put healthy, nutritious food on their tables. Donations can be made via
Paypal on our website,

or,  by sending a check, made payable to “St.Theresa Bread & Broth”

mail to Bread & Broth, St. Theresa Church, 1041 Lyons Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150.

If you would like to help by volunteering, please contact






Bread & Broth seeks funding to continue serving those in need

June 21, 2021

Carol Gerard
Guest column


It is a tremendous relief that COVID-19 cases are waning, more folks are returning to work, and California will soon be opening up and relaxing the pandemic restrictions.

However, many of the individuals and family members that lost their jobs or had their hours reduced, are still dealing with the residual economic effects of the past 15 months of the COVID-19 crisis.…read more



Dear Fellow Bread & Broth Volunteers,
In July of 2016, I assumed the leadership position of St. Theresa’s Bread & Broth organization.  It has been an amazing five year run as Director of one of the community’s most respected non-profit organizations and an organization whose selfless volunteers have helped ease hunger for so many of our food insecure neighbors. 
My goal was to serve as Director for five years and return to just serving as the Fundraising Chairperson on the B&B Advisory Board.  With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting our service to the community, my original plans have slightly changed.  I would like to continue in the Director position through the transition period of re-establishing our pre-COVID programs: Monday Meal, Second Serving (Friday’s meal) and the B&B 4 Kids School food weekend backpack program. 
In anticipation of stepping down from the Director position in the next four to five months, I believe that it would be helpful for both my replacement and for a smooth transition for the organization, to announce my retirement and seek my replacement now.  This would allow for a period of two to three months for a transfer of information and sharing of responsibilities with my successor.
The Director position is a very rewarding experience and provides the opportunity to interface with a wonderful community of volunteers, supporters, sponsors, partners, and clients.  I have attached the “Bread & Broth Director Position Description”which outlines the responsibilities and qualifications for your information.
If you are interested, or know of someone in the community who would be interested in taking over the helm of this fantastic organization, please contact me at 530-542-2876 or   July 1, 2021 is the deadline for applicants to provide their resume and indicate their interest in applying for the Bread & Broth Director position.    
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Carol Gerard
Director, Bread & BrothCarol Gerard

Bread & Broth 4 Kids moves weekly food bag program due to storm

Submitted by paula on Tue, 01/26/2021 – 5:24pm

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Students receiving weekly food bags from Bread & Broth 4 Kids will be able to pick them up at normal locations on Friday this week, due to the pending blizzard.

Buses from Lake Tahoe Unified School District normally distribute the bags to students with the breakfasts and lunches on Wednesdays, but with the possibility of a snow day and heavy snow, Bread & Broth moved to Friday for safety concerns.

Bags will also be available on Friday at the three school locations that serve the to-go breakfasts and lunches – Tahoe Valley Elementary, Bijou Elementary and South Tahoe Middle School. Should there be another snow day on Friday, this will be rescheduled and a notice placed in South Tahoe Now…read more

Bread & Broth Receives Vail EpicPromise Grant

January 21, 2021



In January, Bread & Broth received a generous community EpicPromise grant from Vail Resorts. These grants are given annually to non-profits in the communities where Vail Resorts operate. This year, with the impact of COVID-19, these grants were awarded to organizations directly addressing critical community needs. The grant will provide support to Bread & Broth’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Kudos: Bread & Broth thanks community for Christmas meal

Submitted by Paula on Wed, 12/30/2020 – 4:01pm

For Bread & Bread there is so much to be thankful for as the year 2020 comes to an end. The organization would like to acknowledge all of the members of the Lake Tahoe South Shore community who have so generously supported our efforts to feed and help those in need during this holiday season.

Thanks to the overly abundant generosity of donors to our ‘Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway’, there was funding left over for Bread & Broth to host a ‘Christmas Meal Giveaway’ on Monday December 21. In addition to our basic giveaway staples of dairy products, bread/pastries, and fresh fruit and vegetables, Bread & Broth’s Christmas meal included a ham, pineapples, scalloped potatoes, fixings for a green bean casserole, and sparking apple cider.

As a special holiday touch, the giveaway bags included Christmas candies donated by Raley’s at Stateline, Safeway, and Smart & Final. Edgewood Tahoe Resort donated 1,000 freshly baked Christmas cookies (ginger bread men and decorated sugar cookies) prepared by the Resort’s culinary staff. As an extra surprise Christmas gift, $20 Attic Thrift Store vouchers from Barton Hospital were placed in the Christmas meal bag sets to help purchase gifts or necessities…Read more

Bread & Broth feeds over 500 at Thanksgiving giveaway

December 1, 2020

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif — Bread & Broth handed out 170 sets of bags of food to the community on Sunday.
The bags included dairy, bread, fruits, vegetables, turkey breast, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, cider and pie.
Those 170 sets that were given fed over 550 individuals.

“It was a great turnout, but sad to see so many struggling,” said Beth Wallace, head of communications for Bread & Broth, in an email. “It’s so rewarding to see the generosity of this community.”

Bread & Broth provides Thanksgiving bags of food for over 500 local residents

Submitted by paula on Mon, 11/23/2020 – 11:17pm

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The volunteers at Bread & Broth packed bags of food for the community Monday, bags full of food for not only a Thanksgiving meal, but for meals through the week.

From 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 23, almost 200 people picked up bags for their families containing a turkey breast, yams, green beans, rolls, stuffing, pumpkin pie, sparkling apple cider, fruit, vegetables, eggs, milk and much more. Those bags of food went to feed 549 individuals in the South Lake Tahoe community.

For those enjoying the food who didn’t have access to a kitchen, cooked chicken was given to them in their bags along with items that don’t need preparation….Read more


Tahoe Chamber Blue Ribbon award winners announced

November 23, 2020

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.– The winners of the 13th Annual Blue Ribbon Awards were announced Thursday, Nov. 19 during an awards show shown on Lake Tahoe Television. In place of the annual awards dinner, the community was invited to tune in virtually with hosts, Chris Fiore from the City of South Lake Tahoe and Meg Peart from the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, to enjoy a celebration of the 2020 finalists and winners.

The Blue Ribbon Awards event continues to honor local businesses, non-profits, and professionals for their contributions to the South Shore community.

Congratulations to the 2020 Blue Ribbon Award winners:

Tourism Award, Sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Innovative program, promotion, or product for our visitors
Winner: Clearly Tahoe
Honorable Mention: Roundhill Pines Beach Resort

Entrepreneur Award, Sponsored by Getaway Reno/Tahoe
An innovative individual who assumed the risk of starting a new business.
Winner: Melinda Choy / Elevate Wellness Center
Honorable Mention: Rachel and Greg Carlson / Black Bear Lodge…Read more