South Tahoe food bank receives early Christmas gift |

South Tahoe food bank receives early Christmas gift

Jack Barnwell
Lake Tahoe Corvette Club members Mark Koffman (left) and Barbara Coe present a $3,000 donation to Joanne Shope of Christmas Cheer All Year beside Tom Davis on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The donation will help the food bank program continue running.
Jack Barnwell / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The holidays came early this year for Christmas Cheer All Year, a nonprofit food bank, in the form of a check delivered by Santa’s helpers riding in classic Corvettes.

The Lake Tahoe Corvette Club recently donated $3,000 to the popular nonprofit food bank.

According to Joanne Shope, a 20-year Christmas Cheer volunteer who runs the food pantry, the check was both appreciated and needed.

“We got it in the nick of time because at this time of year we run a little low on funding,” Shope said.

Most of Christmas Cheer’s money comes from private donations and fundraisers.

Christmas Cheer, located at 1120 Third St., assists approximately 950 to 1,200 people in need of food monthly. One person might get a bag while a family of four may get a few boxes.

Shope said the number rises to 2,000 people during the Christmas holiday.

The nonprofit also distributes dinner baskets to approximately 1,200 families and toys for 900 children at Christmas.

The bulk of the charity’s donations come in around the holidays or the beginning of its Christmas toy drive the first Saturday in October.

“We usually have to stretch it the rest of the year,” Shope said. “If we can make it to the toy drive, we do all right.”

Shope said Christmas Cheer uses its money frugally for the food bank program. The charity purchases the bulk of its food from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in Reno and receives food items from local supermarkets.

Lake Tahoe Corvette Club’s donation came from the proceeds of its bi-annual “Corvettes at Lake Tahoe Car” held in June at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Stateline.

“This bi-annual event allows Lake Tahoe Corvette Club the opportunity to give back to our community,” said club secretary Barbara Coe in a press release.

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