City of Lincoln
Citizen Information Center Division
CITY OF LINCOLN NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- December 21, 2000
- For More Information Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Joanne Komenda, Community Action of Nebraska, 471-3348
Mayor Presents "End Hunger" Awards
Mayor Don Wesely today presented the End Hunger Awards for 2000 to five area individuals
who have made significant contributions to alleviating hunger in the city, state, nation
This is the 15th year for the awards program in Lincoln. The U.S. Mayorís End Hunger Award
was originally organized nationally in conjunction with World Food Day in October. When
the national association was discontinued several years ago, Lincolnís World Food Day
Committee and the Mayorís Office decided to continue the tradition.
- Johnna and Emmet Snow of Bennet received the Mayorís End Hunger Award for
Individual Achievement. Every Tuesday afternoon for the past seven months, the couple
has come to Lincoln to help with the perishable food program of the Lincoln Action Program
(LAP). Emmet is a former LAP Board member.
"Both Johnna and Emmet have health problems and live on a limited income, so they know
what it is like to have to ask for a little help," wrote Sheryl Haas of LAP in her
nomination. "They are very outgoing and friendly to the clients, as well as being patient.
These qualities are appreciated by the large number of families -- sometimes as many as
a hundred -- that are served during a single afternoon."
- Delta Schmidt of Lincoln received the Mayorís End Hunger Award for Lifetime
Achievement. She retired in November after ten years as Director of the Lutheran Metro
Parish Food Pantry, where she spent many hours filling food baskets to be distributed
through agencies such as LAP, the Mission Service Center and the Gathering Place.
"Delta has gone above and beyond the call of duty, making sure that none go hungry," wrote
Jean Scali of the Lincoln Interfaith Council in her nomination. "Delta has responded to
calls from many Lutheran ministers and is always willing to go back to the pantry at night
and fill one more food basket. She has worked tirelessly to ensure the pantry is always
stocked and has enough funds available to feed the hungry."
- Jan Albers of Lincoln received the Mayorís End Hunger Award for service from a
private voluntary organization. For more than 11 years, she has coordinated the
successful Lincoln CROP Walk for Hunger. She previously served as a member of the local
CROP Walk Committee. She was nominated by the Food and Hunger Committee of the Lincoln
- Caroline Walles of Ceresco received the Statewide End Hunger Award for service from
a private voluntary organization. She has been Director of the CROP/Church World Service
for ten years. She was nominated by the Rev. Norman Leach of the Lincoln Interfaith Council.
The Councilís Pantries System receives $3,000 to $5,000 a year from CROP. A quarter of
the funds raised through the CROP Walk in Lincoln remain in the community, going to the
Peopleís City Mission and the Lincoln Chapter of Bread for the World.
Assisting Mayor Wesely in the presentations was Joanne Komenda of Community Action of
Nebraska, who is Chair of the Mayorís End Hunger Award Committee.
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