Your generosity enabled us to reach our goal!
We raised $60,000 and fed almost 9000 meals!!
See below for a recap of the program
Thank You to our Donors & Sponsors
Pamela Alsterlind • Paul Andronico • Alison Appel • Nancy Barton • Amy Berry • Scot Brabham • Sheila & Norman Bujeaux • Cynthia Calderon • Jodie & Jeff Clouthier • Donna Coombs • John Crockett • Mary Danahey • Mary Danahey • J Eric Durfee • Marcia Ellis • Alec Fillmore • Cathy Flemming • Robert Gifford • Ruth Glass • Kevin Hanna - Greenwood Homes • Parsons/Devine GoFundMe - IHS • Dent Hand • Darin Honey • Vern & Nancy Howard • Robert Hunt • Blane Johnson • Diana Kincade • Ed Klotz • LeAnn Knight • Linda Larish • Warren Lee • Robert Long • Mark Ludviksen • Eileen & Chris May • Logan McDowell • Sarah McMahan • Kim Minmyo • Linda Offerdahl • Kathryn Parker • Marc Rancourt • Carolyn & James Reynolds • Lisa Richards • Thalia Routsis • Stephen Sathe • Jennie Jones Scherbinksi • Kenny Smith • Marsha Tejeda • Gunnar Thordarson • Linda Tokunaga • Kimberly Warren • Weimer Family Fund • Judith Whitmire • Joe Wigert • Kimberly Woods
Basin Street Properties • Steve Cruz
• Dave & Cheryl Duffield
• Mary Danahey & Barry Golombik
• Robert Graves
• William Hanagami
• Dave Hardie
• Mark Henry HVAC
• Kevin Holm
• Karen, Katy, Larry, Charlie Illg
• Bill & Jill Minkle
• North Lake Tahoe Cleaning
• Sean & Chris O'Connell
• Tim & Holly Racich
• Andrew Sabin Family Foundation
• Jonathan & Amy Smith
• Chuck & Deanne Weinberger
Heather Porter - Hezo Design • Scott Stranzl • Rotary Club of Incline Village
Nonprofit Incline Serves raises more than $60,000
to support local restaurants and feed locals in need
Call Incline Serves a winning combo platter.
“That’s a bit of a dad joke my brother came up with for our effort. And he’s not even a dad,” quipped Mary Danahey. “But it gets to the point of what we did.”
What the nonprofit startup Incline Serves did was raise more than $60,000 – reaching its goal to fill that combo platter. The combination in question consisted of helping feed locals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic while also supporting local restaurants in need of business to prepare such meals.
Donations collected allowed Incline Serves to purchase those meals from a handful of Incline eateries, enabling them to rehire some furloughed employees. In turn, Incline Serves donated the locally made dishes to the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Duffield Youth Program, helping them to give out nearly 9,000 meals to those seeking sustenance between April 25 - June 26, 2020.
Danahey noted that prior to the pandemic the Boys & Girls Club served dinner nightly to youth in their after-school program. On March 25th, after the closure of schools, they realized that a hunger relief initiative was needed for the greater Incline community, not just BGC members. Thanks to support from Dave and Cheryl Duffield, the Club began a dinner service program on MWF for all Incline Village community members.
“Once the COVID crisis hit hard, the number of meals needed jumped from 125 to 300 pretty much overnight. This was consistent with the food request increases seen with Sierra Community House, our local food program,” Danahey said.
At the same time, with measures put in place to slow the spread of the virus, the global economy came close to a halt. Locally, as in many other places, one of these moves was closing bars and restaurants for all but carry-out business.
That cut deep into many a bottom line and led to some temporary local restaurant closures.
A Win-Win-Win Solution
Danahey said the idea for Incline Serves came about after talking with friends and family and doing a bit of research about the pandemic and its impact. She and others felt they could come up with something to make a positive impact in the face of the troubling situation.
“That led to the idea of partnering with local restaurants to feed those in need,” Danahey said. “That way we could at least try to keep some local places afloat, keep a few employees working and keep adults and kids from going to bed hungry.”
Three local restaurateurs stepped up to the plate to participate in the project, Danahey said. Those included John Cheney of Gus’s Open Pit BBQ, Tatiana Martz of both Brewforia Cafe & Market and Bertie’s Hot Chicken and Andrea Gitchell of Azzara’s.
Each business made up to 300 meals on one set, assigned day each week, Danahey said.
Incline Serves created a website, lined up the restaurants and collaborated with the Rotary Club of Incline Village to set up a fundraising portal. The goal was to raise $60,000 and provide 9000 meals between April 25 – June 30. The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Duffield Youth Program, collected the meals from the restaurants and distributed them as part of their program mentioned above.
“We feel grateful to have been part of Incline Serves”, said John Cheney of Gus’ BBQ. “Knowing that each Monday for two months we’d have 300 Incline Serves orders to fill provided a bit of stability to our finances during these trying times. That allowed us to put three valued staff members back on the payroll. Knowing that the orders also helped area residents make it through this crisis made it all the more satisfying preparing them. It confirmed for us why we love having our business located in the Incline community”.
Now that people have gone back to work, the need for meals has diminished, but not disappeared. Mindy Carbajal, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, said that they “are continuing the program to provide between 80-120 meals per night. Meals are available to all community members on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for as long as needed.”
Due to the generosity of the Incline Community and that some people are at their jobs again, Danahey said the Incline Serves effort still has a little money left. Those funds will be kept in an account overseen by the Rotary Club of Incline Village.
“With so much uncertainty, and with many new COVID cases reported locally and around the country, we’re going to hold onto those funds in case we have another shutdown and need to restart the program” Danahey said. “If things turn out well and we don’t need another phase of the program by the end of the year, we intend to donate any remaining money to The Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and/or Sierra Community House (our local food distribution program).
The COVID-19 crisis has created both a growing hunger and a business crisis here in Incline Village.
Food demand has tripled in the last month at both the Sierra Community House and the local Boys & Girls Club. Our village now needs over 900 meals each week.
Restaurants in town are also struggling to survive. If they haven’t already shuttered their doors (we hope, just temporarily) they have had to let go of their food service workers – who now may find themselves in need of those very same safety-net services.
9000 Meals over 10 weeks
Incline Serves is a collaborative initiative designed to meet both of those needs.
We are working together with local, independent restaurants we all know and love to purchase meals to meet the needs of our community. Our goal is to provide 300 meals, 3 days/week for the next 10 weeks. This will help our businesses re-employ workers and keep their doors open.
We are also coordinating with the North Lake Tahoe chapter of the Boys & Girls Club to pickup and distribute the meals through their existing program at Incline Elementary School. Together, we will now provide meals 5 days/week (from April 25-June 30).
Why You Should Help
We need your financial support to help Incline Village make it through this COVID crisis.
We all want our restaurants to stay afloat and you can help make that happen by purchasing a meal for someone who’s hungry. Feeding our neighbors feeds our community AND puts people back to work.
This is an all-volunteer effort. 100% of the money received will go to pay our restaurants for the meals they provide and 100% of the meals will be distributed to those in need.
"Gus’ Open Pit Barbecue is thrilled to be helping out with the Incline Serves initiative. As we try to get through this together I am proud to help out the community that has been so great to my family, staff and I. Thank you to everyone for your continued donations and support."
– John Cheney
How You can Help
This is a community-wide effort. We need your help to reach our goal of providing 9000 meals (over 10 weeks from April 25 - June 30) to feed those who are hungry in our community while helping our restaurants and their employees survive.
• A Day (300 meals): $1875
• A Family for a week: $100
• A Single meal: $10
Please contribute what you are comfortable with.
Donations at ANY level are appreciated.
$2500 $1000 $500 $250 $50 Other
Or by mail, checks should be made to: Rotary Foundation of Incline Village Please put “Incline Serves” on the memo line of your check. And mail to: 780 Northwood Blvd,
Incline Village, NV 89451
c/o Jonathan Smith