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Food Bank Helps People with More than Food, Gives Hope

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Nick Montes
Channel 2 News

There's no doubt the economy is on the mend, and still hundreds of Northern Nevada families are still struggling to make ends meet.  In fact, some are dependent on food banks, just to get by.  But, there's one special food bank where they say people can get help and so much more.

Imagine getting delicious food to eat. But, also smiles and even flowers to take home. It's at one community food bank that says they're helping people, not with hand out, but a hand up. Tuesday night is Operation Feedback at Hands of Hope Food Bank. "I've been coming in the last 7-8 months," Tracie Forsha of Reno says. 

That's something Forsha and veteran Walter Haworth look forward to.  They're a small military family who talk to other veterans who've fallen on hard times, while waiting to get a shopping cart filled with food, for just $5. 

"We could not afford to buy the bread. And milk he's got off formula so he's on whole milk right now," Forsha says. There's also a box of hot dogs and other fresh goodies, like fruits and vegetables to take home. It's not just about the food, but the smiles and generosity behind it.   

That's a reason why the food bank has a special place in Forsha's heart. "It's just kinda like something extra special that you get out of this place. They really do care about us," she says. Food bank founders say they offer hope. "There's a walk of integrity. There's a walk of truth. There's a walk of passion saying we care here," Food Bank Co-Founder Elaine Gademsky says.  

Gademsky started the food bank with her husband in a shed four years ago, now they're in a big warehouse. She says the community not only wanted it, but needed it. "So because of that we just rallied behind them and says we'll volunteer our time. But you've got to pay the bills," she adds.  

That's what the $5 is for, to pay the overhead costs. They are self sufficient, only depending on various stores to donate food. "It's the success of the program because you're truly bringing community together," Gademsky says.  

And families in rough times too. "He's everything. He's everything. So you know we work together as a family and we get by and that's all we can hope for," Forsha says.  

Food bank officials say, they served up to 80 veteran families Tuesday. But, during the regular food bank, they serve up to 200 families.

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