Barton Foundation doubles community health grant funding

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Barton Foundation has awarded $100,000 in community health grant funding. The record funding was awarded to 13 Lake Tahoe-based organizations that shared Barton Health’s commitment to addressing the area’s most urgent health needs; mental and behavioral health, substance use and access to care.

The organizations selected for a grant serve the area’s most vulnerable populations and those in need including:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Sierra; For youth mentorship and support programs Bread & Broth; To address food insecurities faced by children and adults Boys and Girls Club; For health and safety upgrades in group environments Child Advocates of El Dorado; Helping recruit and train advocates for at-risk youth El Dorado County Office of Education; For learning programs supporting children in need Tahoe Senior Plaza; Increasing access to health resources for low-income seniors Live Violence Free; To provide bilingual mental health services for victims of abuse Mountain High Recovery Center; For telehealth services treating substance use disorders SOS Outreach; Offering youth mentorship programs for emotional skill development South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition; For drug abuse awareness and prevention education Suicide Prevention Network; Supporting suicide awareness and prevention programs Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless; Increasing safety resources for at-risk populations Tahoe Magic…..Read more

Bread & Broth and the Attic team up to provide food and supplies to the South Lake Tahoe community

Barton Health’s Attic Thrift Store is joining Bread & Broth in their efforts to help members of the community struggling during the economic downturn brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Attic Thrift Store is providing free clothing, home goods and toys for all of the clients coming to Bread & Broth’s food giveaways on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at St. Theresa Church Grace Hall, 1041 Lyons Avenue (one block east of the Tahoe Middle School).

Bread & Broth says they are thrilled to have the Barton’s Attic Thrift Store partnering with them to serve the community by supplementing its food giveaway program with free items that have been donated to the Attic Thrift Store….Read more

Bread & Broth needs volunteers for Monday and Friday food giveaways


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Bread and Broth has been feeding the community not only during the pandemic, but for 31 years. The need has been especially great during the trying times of COVI-19, job loss and uncertainty.

Never skipping a beat, Bread & Broth moved from serving hot meals twice a week at St. Theresa Church Grace Hall to giving away bags of food including fresh produce, dairy and eggs from the hall’s foyer.

They also changed their weekly food backpack program from schools to bus stops, and now the Bread & Broth 4 Kids program gives away food each week from that same foyer….Read more

Bread & Broth 4 Kids starts free summer food program for South Lake Tahoe youth

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – For the fourth consecutive summer, the St. Theresa Bread & Broth 4 Kids Summer Program will provide weekly food bags for South Lake Tahoe youth every Wednesday until school resumes in August.

Since local schools closed in March due to the coronavirus, Bread & Broth 4 Kids (BB4K) has provided weekly food bags to students at bus stops and schools in coordination with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District as they distributed daily meals. Some weeks the BB4K bags went to over 410 children.

During a normal school year, BB4K gives 150-180 qualified students a bag of food each weekend that contains three dinners, two breakfasts, two lunches and snacks. That program moved to cover summer meals as well in 2017 thanks to a grant from Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elana Amsterdam. Last summer, an average of 225 kids received a bag of food each week… more

Bread & Broth 4 Kids Summer Program begins July 1

The St. Theresa Bread & Broth 4 Kids Summer Program begins July 1 and will continue every Wednesday through Aug. 26 in South Lake Tahoe.
Food will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St Theresa’s Church’s (1041 Lyons Ave.), Grace Hall.
Any child up to the age of 18 can come alone or with a parent or legal guardian to pick up a bag of free, nutritious food.

Food bags will contain a variety of kid-friendly food including, but not limited to, fresh fruit, cereals, canned meat and nutritious bars which will be given out at St. Theresa Grace Hall’s foyer.

Note: Food will only be given to parents who are accompanied by their children….read more



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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Nine weeks into the COVID-19 crisis, Bread & Broth is still providing food to those in the South Lake Tahoe community who are being impacted by the loss or reduction of income due to the temporary closing of many of our communities’ businesses.

Thanks to many generous monetary donors and volunteers, Bread & Broth is providing bags of food through our Monday and Friday food bag giveaway program at Grace Hall and our B&B 4 Kids program.

Individuals and families are welcome to pick up bags of food at St. Theresa Grace Hall at 1041 Lyons Avenue (next to Lake Tahoe Middle School) on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 3-5 p.m.

The food giveaway includes milk, eggs, and butter, a large bag of fruits and vegetables, a third bag of breads and pastries, and a bag of staples which includes meat or soups, rice or pasta, nutrition bars and more….READ MORE


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is preparing for a possible uptick in animal relinquishments due to financial hardships and changes in housing.

HSTT wants to help pet owners by providing medical care, healthy food and a safe, warm place to live for every pet.

To help raise money to prepare for these costs, HSTT is participating in an emergency “Giving Tuesday,” campaign on May 5. On that day, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe will have $20,000 in matching funds available and everyone who makes a $150 tax-deductible contribution will be entered to win a $500 VISA gift card.

Eleven puppies will also be up for adoption May 5. Adoption occurs over the phone and through Zoom. Staff also provides assistance throughout the adoption journey.

“So far, HSTT has been able to meet the need through the generosity of our volunteers, the community and through purchases with a very generous grant given to us by the Town of Truckee,” said Erin Ellis, community engagement director, in a press release. “In order to continue these programs and our efforts to help people and pets in our community, we need monetary donations more than ever.”…READ MORE


In early March, Overland Meat and Seafood Company owners Brian and Kim Cohen took a vacation to go diving on the Roatan island in Honduras when they found themselves stranded amidst the massive global coronavirus shutdown.

Back in Lake Tahoe, people were panic buying meat and supplies in what’s typically the tourist destination’s shoulder season and it took the Cohens some extended effort to get back on home turf to be able to weather the pandemic with their Overland crew.

“We got to Roatan on March 11 for a dive vacation and then on the 15th Honduras went into a state of emergency and shut down everything, including travel, for at least two weeks. We were supposed to leave on March 21 but realized on the 20th that if we waited too much longer then we would be unable to get out.

“Meanwhile, Overland (in South Lake Tahoe) was going ballistic, it was just nuts with people stocking up on food and toilet paper. We couldn’t believe the amount of food we were going through…our numbers were up on everything during what’s normally our slowest time of the year…..READ MORE