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Bread & Broth celebrates 30 years

Staff reports
Rev. John Grace and Wendy David celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bread & Broth. The celebration occurred about one week before Grace’s death. He was 98.

In 1989, South Lake Tahoe community members came together to try to address the issue of food insecurity in the community.

Now, 30 years later, the nonprofit Bread & Broth program has grown substantially since those early days when volunteers served about 25 meals per week.

Currently, Monday Meals serves hot, nutritious meals to an average of 90 dinner guests per week at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Grace Hall.

Bread & Broth’s Second Serving provides soup and a simple entree each Friday for 30-40 guests. The meals are temporarily being served at Grace Hall while the permanent site, Lake Community Presbyterian Church, recovers from a fire.

And the B&B 4 Kids program provides weekend food backpacks for 180 students each week in grades kindergarten through eighth and provides over 500 nutritional snack bars to K-12 students in need.

It’s this success that brought together more than 85 volunteers on April 28 at Lake Tahoe Golf Course for Bread & Broth’s 30th anniversary celebration.

The celebration came a week before the Rev. Father Grace, one of the founding members of Bread & Broth, died at the age of 98.

Grace was on hand for the event, as was Wendy David, another founding member of the nonprofit.

Following Grace’s death, David told the Tribune he was a “great man that always served others with warmth humility and love.”

Aside from the founding members, the celebration also acknowledged the following individuals: past Bread & Broth directors Diane Weidinger and Evye Szanto; St. Theresa Catholic Church Parochial Administrator Father Mauricio Hurtado; Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church Pastor Bob Kelley; and the St. Theresa administrative staff Beverly Sass, Jennifer Gaston and Irene Lohmeier.

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