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Local “Pays It Forward”

As a young boy, Jeremy Woodford would attend Bread & Broth’s dinners with his family at Grace Hall.   Now, many years later, Jeremy is “paying it forward” by hosting three B&B dinners so that others can also benefit from the same nourishing meals that helped him when he and his family were experiencing difficult times.

Jeremy sponsored his first of three “Adopt A Day of Nourishments” on Monday, January 1st.   He along with his partner Melissa Brittain and Melissa’s parents, Craig and Barbara Brittain, showed up at 3:00 p.m. to roll up their sleeves, put on B&B aprons and work alongside the B&B volunteers setting up the dessert and drink table and bagging ‘giveaway’ bags filled with breads and pastries, fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

It was Melissa’s first visit to a B&B dinner and she found the experience to be a very positive one.  “It was a great evening with great food,” she said.  “Look forward to volunteering again.”

In addition to helping with the dinner’s setup, Jeremy and his sponsor team served the dinner guests and helped with the meal’s cleanup.  B&B would like to extend a very special ‘thank you’ to Jeremy and his hardworking team that come prepared to make sure that others would not go hungry that night.

Camp Richardson Hosts Dinner

Normally the Camp Richardson Resort staff is busy seeing to the needs of their many visitors and guests but during the month of December, they shift their focus to helping the members of our community who are struggling with hunger.  Through their Adopt A Day of Nourishment sponsorship, Camp Richardson hosted Bread & Broth’s Monday Meal dinner at St. Theresa Grace Hall on December 18th and provided meals for the 100 dinner guests that evening.

Bringing the same level of service and helpfulness they bring to their work, the Camp Richardson sponsor crew was a treat to have helping the B&B volunteers.   Led by Vanessa Santora, Camp Richardson’s operations manager and the coordinator for their AAD sponsorships, were fellow team members Darren Foerschler, Beacon general manager; Travis Lauinger, assistant resort and sports center manager; James Roberts, lodging operations manager and Doug Sheehan, purchasing manager.   `

“We’re so thankful to be a part of the Adopt A Day program,” commented Vanessa.  “It’s always a heartwarming experience.  From the incredible B&B staff to the wonderful people we have the pleasure to serve; Bread & Broth is a must anytime of the year.” 

B&B’s partnership with Camp Richardson Resort is a wonderful example of how empathy and compassion for the most vulnerable bring people together to positively impact the lives of others all year long.

Kirkwood Helps Community

To volunteer to help others is a selfless act that is both humbling and uplifting.  Thanks to Vail’s generous EpicPromise grant, Kirkwood Mountain Resort employees had the opportunity to volunteer at Bread & Broth’s November 6th, Monday Meal through B&B’s ‘Adopt A Day of Nourishment” program.    Kirkwood department Security Officers Mark DeSacia, Rick Hofheins and Charlie Noury and David McCullers, Security Manager, all volunteered their time and effort to make a difference in the lives of those attending the meal served at Grace Hall.

Every Monday, B&B serves full-course, nutritious meals, provides ‘seconds’ for those interested and packs containers of the dinner’s leftovers to give to anyone who attends each dinner.  In addition, funding from the AAD $250 donation is used to purchase fruits, vegetables and dairy products which are packed into ‘giveaway’ bags also filled with canned goods and breads/pastries donated by local stores and businesses.  No guest who ever attends a B&B dinner ever goes away hungry or without food to use for later in the week.

Mark, Rick, Charlie and David were a fun group to work with and they did an outstanding job representing their Security Department and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.   “Our team feels a great deal of love and support for our Tahoe community,’ commented David.  “It is our pleasure to volunteer our time for a place we love so much.”  B&B would like to thank Kirkwood Mountain Resort and these four sponsor volunteers who so generously served the vulnerable members of our community.

Ameriprise Partners with B&B

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. has a legacy of giving back to the community and annually sponsors a corporate-wide National Day of Service in November with the goal of ending hunger.  This year, the South Lake Tahoe Ameriprise Financial Services’ office once again chose to join with Bread and Broth in their efforts to feed the hungry by sponsoring an “Adopt a Day of Nourishment” on November 13th.   This is their fifth November Adopt A Day in the last five years.

“A wonderful way to support the spirit of Thanksgiving,” said Office Manager and Ameriprise Financial Private Wealth Advisor, Richard Gross.  “We are humbled and honored to participate every November and appreciated the opportunity to be of service.”  Also, joining Richard were Elizabeth Palmer, Client Services Manager and Melissa Stefani.   The Ameriprise crew had a busy evening helping the B&B volunteers bagging the “giveaway’ food items, serving heaping trays filled with pork roast, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes and assisting with the dinner’s clean up.

B&B would like to thank Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and the local Ameriprise office members for their generous monetary and time contribution to seeing that over 90 meals were served to the less fortunate members of the south shore community.

Heavenly Partners with Bread & Broth

With funds provided by Vail’s Epic Promise grants, Heavenly Mountain Resort partners
with Bread & Broth to annually host six Monday Meal dinners at St. Theresa Grace Hall.
Every other month, Heavenly sponsors an “Adopt A Day of Nourishment” and sends a
team of volunteers to help crew at their sponsorship dinner. On December 11 th,
hosting their last AAD of the year, Heavenly’s volunteer sponsor crew was manned by
Michelle Beall, Kelly Campbell, Chris Eckert, Katie Ficeto and Frank Papandrea.
“We are so appreciative of all that St. Theresa Bread & Broth does for our community,”
said Campbell. “It is an honor to support their efforts and help our neighbors and
community.” Through their AAD donation of $250, Heavenly helps B&B provide a hot,
full-course meal to the evening’s dinner guests. These guests include seniors on a
fixed income, struggling families, the homeless, students, and workers earning
minimum wage. In many cases, the Monday Meal is their only hot meal for the week.
As always, the Heavenly team members were helpful, warm and welcoming. Since
most of the crew had served several times at a Monday Meal, they jumped right in to
make the evening meal a pleasant and welcoming dinner event for the guest. B&B
volunteers are always excited when they see that a Heavenly crew will be hosting an
Adopt A Day meal. B&B would like to thank Vail corporation, Heavenly Mountain
Resort and their employee crew members for their amazing generosity and efforts to
serve to those in need.

Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club Hosts Dinner

Bread and Broth is very fortunate to have the support of the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club, working side-by-side with our B&B Volunteers to help feed many of our neighbors who struggle with hunger.   The Rotary Club has partnered with B&B to host five ‘Adopt A Day of Nourishments’ with their third sponsorship occurring on Monday, December 4th.

“Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club is happy to support Bread & Broth’s wonderful Adopt A Day program,” commented Rotarian Ellen Dauscher.  “We truly enjoying working alongside B&B’s fantastic volunteers and are joyful to be able to feed so many members of our community.”   Joining Ellen on the AAD sponsor crew were fellow Rotarians Allegra Boyd, Ryan Moore, Bob Senna and Watt Wiggins and community member Amanda Jones.   Pitching right in, the sponsor crew manned the serving line and the food ‘giveaway’, dessert and drinks tables, smiling and warmly welcoming the dinner’s guests.

The Club’s sponsorship of B&B’s Monday Meal falls right into line with the club’s mission of providing service to others.  The Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club is a group of volunteer leaders drawn together by fellowship and a desire to help others and do humanitarian service.  B&B would like to acknowledge and thank the Tahoe Douglas Rotary for their AAD sponsorships and for the positive impact they have in helping so many causes and organizations in the Lake Tahoe South Shore community.

HEROs Host B&B Dinner

HEROs, the employee organization at Harrah’s/Harveys’ Casino Resorts, hosted Bread & Broth’s Monday Meal on October 30th through their sponsorship of an ‘Adopt A Day of Nourishment’.  B&B’s Adopt A Day program provides individuals, businesses, and organizations the opportunity to participate in hosting a hot and filling meal which provides nourishment and a welcoming and safe environment to any community member who attends a Monday Meal at St. Theresa Grace Hall.

The HEROs are a familiar sponsor organization; hosting 2 Adopt A Days annually and always sending a sponsor crew that is thoroughly professional, compassionate and a pleasure to work with.   At the 10/30 meal, the HEROs were represented by returning volunteers Jackie Andrews, Jeff Colamecu, and Darlene Winkelman.   The ‘newbie’ volunteer for the HEROs was Brad Budd and he jumped right in just like an experienced volunteer.

“It is far more rewarding to serve those in need directly,” commented Budd.  “In the past we have donated items or funds, however, working with the Bread & Broth team as well as helping our community is very impactful.”   B&B would like to thank the Harrah’s/Harveys’ HEROs for their generous donation of $250 and partnering with us in volunteering their time and energy to bring food and fellowship to our community members in need.

Heavenly Hosts Another Monday Meal

“It is a great feeling to know I work for a company that enjoys giving back to the community,” commented Chris Barbar.   Barbar is the assistant manager for Ticket Sales at Heavenly Mountain Resort and on October 23rd, through Heavenly’s Adopt A Day of Nourishment sponsorship, Chris spent another Monday helping Bread & Broth volunteers feed a tasty and filling spaghetti dinner to the evening’s 95 dinner guests.

Chris was joined by fellow Heavenly team members Meghan Madrid, product sales and services senior manager, and Kellie Rochioli, assistant manager for Ticket Sales, thanks to Vail Resorts commitment to encouraging their team members to support and be involved in non-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life for members of the local community.   Through Vail’s EpicPromise Grant program, Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts each sponsor six B&B Adopt A Days annually and always send outstanding sponsor crew members to participate in the meals setup, serving and cleanup.   

The three Heavenly sponsor crew members on 10/23 were no exception.  Chris, Meghan and Kellie were helpful, hardworking and fun to work with.   B&B is truly thankful for their partnership of over 8 years with Vail Resorts and its outstanding team members from Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts.

Adventure Mountain Helps Ease Hunger

The Mueller family really enjoys making people happy!   As owners of Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe, the sledding, tubing and snow play resort located at the top of Echo Summit, they provide winter activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Continuing their generous spirit of wanting to make people’s lives better, Linda and Jim Mueller host several Bread & Broth “Adopt A Day of Nourishment” sponsorships annually.   After hosting an AAD earlier in the year on May 5th, Linda and Jim along with their son, Max, were the hosts and volunteers for the Monday Meal at St. Theresa Grace Hall on October 16th.

“Bread & Broth provides a great service to the South Lake Tahoe Community and Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe is happy to help and play a part in giving back to our community,” commented Linda.   Unfortunately, many of our Tahoe South Shore neighbors are food insecure and live in constant survival mode. Thanks to the Mueller’s generous donation, their Monday Meal fed 95 folks who are vulnerable and were very much in need of a hot, nutritious meal.

The “Adopt A Day of Nourishment” program is a funding source for B&B’s Monday Meal.   In addition to the $250 donation, the AAD program offers sponsors the opportunity to participate at their dinner event giving them the ability to personally serve others, lend a hand at the meal and have a humbling and uplifting experience.   B&B would like to thank the Mueller’s and Adventure Mountain for their on-going support of B&B’s efforts to feed the hungry through the AAD program.

Rotary Club Partners with Bread & Broth

As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, Bread & Broth greatly values the many partnerships that have developed over the 28 years that it has been feeding the needy in the Lake Tahoe South Shore community. These partnerships involve volunteering, donating food and funds and sponsoring Monday Meal Adopt A Day of Nourishment dinners.

Beginning in August, the Douglas Rotary Club began hosting the first of five Adopt A Days and on Monday, October 2nd , hosted its second meal. Over the course of the 5 sponsorships, the Rotary Club will be helping B&B to feed over 500 meals to individuals who attend B&B’s Monday Meal at St. Theresa Grace Hall. The generosity of the Rotary Club members and their commitment to bettering the lives of food-insecure members of our community are very much appreciated and lauded by B&B.
Representing the Rotary Club members at the October 2nd dinner were Randy Butler, Ellen Dauscher, Penny Echan, Keith Endlich and George Sariego and according to B&B volunteer, Gail Clair, they were a joy to work with. “Working at Bread & Broth was so inspirational and gratifying,” wrote Ellen. “It serves a great need in our community.

We would all be happy to help again anytime.” B&B looks forward to the Rotary Club’s next sponsorship on December 4 th.