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Food Bank Director Wins Award, Help Still Needed

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The Executive Director of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada has won a national award for her work, and it adds up to a $75,000 prize.

Cherie Jamason won $25,000 just for being one of the five finalists for this award. And for winning it, she earned another $50,000.

All of the money goes to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, a year-round nonprofit that feeds the hungry in our communities.

For the last 25 years, Jamason has been a major part of that.

"She is tenacious and she's done a lot for this cause and it really shows when she wins something like this," Jocelyn Lantrip, Director of Marketing for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada said.

Jamason is the first winner of the national "Humanity Inspiration Award," after a nationwide online vote.

She and her husband were in Los Angeles Thursday night, where she accepted it at the "Unite 4 good" Humanity Awards Dinner.

The money will go towards buying food and paying for operating costs. "Fuel for trucks and there's a lot of moving parts to move food around 90,000 square miles," Lantrip said. "So, a donation like that really helps."

The food bank is in constant need of food and money donations.

180,000 pounds of food and $240,000 were raised during the Channel 2 Share Your Christmas Drive-by Food Drive last December.

As we head into March, most of that has already been used. "We are feeding just as many people all through the year," Lantrip said. "So, it is a great time to give, to get involved, to volunteer. We need help now just like we did in December."

Living Stones Church is holding a food drive, every Sunday, during the month of March. Their goal is to raise 15,000 pounds of food.

The food bank feeds 92,000 people every month.

"That's just not a number but there are actually names and stories and a lot of those people are kids," Craig Parish, Executive Pastor of Living Stones Church said. "And as a church, we're not okay with that and as a community, I don't think we're okay with that."

If you would like to donate food or money at Living Stones Church, you can do that at any of their four locations in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and Truckee.

Written by Paul Nelson
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