My Echo Story: Bread & Broth |

My Echo Story: Bread & Broth

Diane Weidinger
Bread & Broth director

Feeding the hungry of South Lake Tahoe has been the mission of the Bread & Broth program for 24 years. The all-volunteer program provides a hot, well-balanced meal every Monday at St. Theresa’s Church and again on Friday at the Lake Tahoe Presbyterian Church. Between the two days, more than 150 people gather for dinner at no charge and without regard to religion, race, age or financial situation. Providing sustenance is only part of the program’s function. Their guests also appreciate the safe, warm environment in which to gather and socialize; volunteers of all faiths and nationalities are grateful for the opportunity to serve the community in a positive way.

Bread & Broth is grateful for the community support it receives: fresh produce from local grocery stores and Farmers Markets; bread and desserts from Starbucks, Raley’s and Safeway; canned goods and protein from the Food Bank of El Dorado County; soup and bread from South Shore restaurants; as well as support through the Adopt-A-Day of Nourishment program.

One of the most loyal and dedicated sponsors of Adopt-A-Day through the years has been Heavenly Mountain Resort and Vail Resort’s Echo Program. Their staff — everyone from lift greeters to the company’s leadership, have donned an apron and helped wherever needed. Grant money through the Echo program and volunteer time from Heavenly employees allow our program to continue. We are grateful for their continued support, it’s a Heavenly partnership!

On Nov. 25, Bread & Broth will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal. About 300 people will be served sliced turkey, made from scratch stuffing and cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes, savory gravy, sweet potatoes, a vegetable as well as a dessert. Donations for this meal will be greatly appreciated.

For more information on how you can help feed the hungry of South Lake Tahoe through the Bread & Broth Program, visit or our Facebook page. For details of the Adopt-A-Day of Nourishment Program, contact Carol Gerard at 530-542-2876 or For particulars regarding the Thanksgiving meal, contact me at 775-588-3993 or

— Corporate sustainability has always been fundamental for Kirkwood and Heavenly Mountain Resorts and their parent company, Vail Resorts. Through Vail Resorts Echo, our sustainability program, we hope to connect our communities to our efforts – from on the ground conservation programs to grants for local schools. Aimed at both protecting the natural resources that surround the resorts and helping build stronger communities where our employees live and work, Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts: environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. Want to learn more about VR Echo? Go to

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