What happens when a popular tourist destination suddenly finds itself without visitors, and its residents without jobs? This was the grim reality facing Truckee in mid-March. Ski resorts closed, restaurants came skittering to a halt, and retail shops shuttered their doors. Almost everyone who worked in the service industry found themselves out of work.
Facing a terrifying new normal, Truckee asked, what’s next? Within days, emergency relief came pouring in from new and creative fundraisers, nonprofits, and small businesses. As donations rolled in, local chefs rolled up their sleeves and started cooking. For many families, the future is uncertain. But thanks to the restaurants and businesses below, one thing is sure: dinner will be nutritious, delicious, and provided at no cost for those that need it.
The restaurants and businesses providing free meals in Truckee:
No kid will go hungry in Truckee because of COVID-19 related school closures. That’s because the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District quickly set up a free meal program for all children 18 and under who depend on school lunches. They offer pickup and delivery meal services Monday – Friday, even on the weekdays when school would be closed.
Northstar California has donated 22,000 lbs of perishables to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District free meal program. Truckloads of fresh produce, meat, and cheese were delivered to help create healthy breakfasts and lunches for children in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.
The Truckee nonprofit that works to put farm-fresh, local food on our tables launched a Giving Box program to feed out of work, unemployed restaurant workers. There are two different boxes – a donation of $20 feeds 1-2 people and a donation of $30 feeds a family of 3-4. Donate to the Giving Box program and learn more about how the Tahoe Food Hub has kept fresh food in quarantine kitchens throughout COVID-19.
Instead of letting their kitchens sit empty, restaurant owners came together and formed the Sierra Relief Kitchen. Together, they create delicious meals for those in need and give them away for free to community members. Demand is rising for these relief meals, rising from 105 meals on the first day in mid-April to over 800 meals on May 9th! Read their story here.
Coffeebar is paying it forward to our community’s local heroes. The popular coffee shop in downtown Truckee provides a free drink and pastry to healthcare workers on the front lines. Donate to the frontlines program.
Every Tuesday during the month of May, Jax At The Tracks is giving away free meals, funded by donations to the Emergency Relief – Tahoe Truckee Covid-19 Fund. Community members in need can rely on Jax At The Tracks to provide a warm, hearty meal throughout this crisis.
The food truck that serves up tasty rotisserie is taking care of our frontline workers by delivering fresh, nutritious meals to the Tahoe Forrest Hospital’s ICU, ER and COVID Unit. Say thanks to our healthcare professionals and Help MogRog Fuel the Frontline with a donation.
Instead of throwing out food that suddenly had no use at Stella, the in-house restaurant at the Cedar House Sport Hotel, employees and staff took home tasty care packages filled with fresh vegetables, breads, milk, and orange juice. For the Cedar House Sport Hotel, this is just one small way to give back to their family of staff and employees.
Keep the good work going. Help Truckee with a donation to these COVID-19 Emergency Fundraising Campaigns.
Siobhan traveled the American West as a National Park Ranger before setting down roots in Truckee. Outdoor adventure is her bread and butter and most days you can find her skiing, trail running, or backpacking. Follow along with her adventures on Instagram @siokenney.