This year the Food Bank of Northern Nevada was named "Food Bank of the Year" by Feeding America. Now Executive Director Cherie Jamason is a finalist for the national "Humanity Inspiration Award," which comes with a prize of $50,000.
"I got a call a few days ago and "whew!" and we were selected and that's incredibly exciting and for me it's a huge honor."
Cherie Jamason is one of five finalists for the national "Humanity Inspiration Award" sponsored by the non-profit organization Unite4Good.
She's invited to a gala awards dinner in Los Angeles, where they'll announce the winner. "It's going to be at Sony Pictures, President Clinton is speaking."
Jamason has been with the Food Bank for 25 years, and says being named a finalist for the award is great recognition for the staff and volunteers here in Northern Nevada. "The work that we do at our Food Bank is really noted around the nation and that might be surprising to folks."
The Food Bank has collected millions of pounds of food to meet the immediate needs of people who would otherwise go hungry. Jamason says looking ahead to the bigger picture has put the Food Bank of Northern Nevada on the map. "At the end of the day, the best answer to somebody who needs help is a great job. Does that mean we need to be in the business of creating jobs? No. But we need to be able to partner strategically so that we can help people fill those needs."
Jamason is recognized for her dedication and for inspiring others to do good things.
The finalist who gets the most online votes wins the award and $50,000 for their organization.
"It's acknowledgement that I'm on the right track, that the work we're doing makes sense and it is incredibly humbling. Truly."
Because she's a finalist for the award, the Food Bank will receive $25,000. If she gets the most online votes, the food bank will receive an additional $50,000.
Written by Jennifer Burton