CITY OF LINCOLN NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- November 19, 2001
- 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 2001 to five area individuals
who have made significant contributions to alleviating hunger in the city, state, nation
Wende Baker, who served as Executive Director of the Food Bank of Lincoln from 1984 until
this past June, was presented with both the Statewide End Hunger Award and a special
Mayor’s End Hunger Award for lifetime achievement. She was nominated by the staff
and board of the Food Bank.
“During Wende’s tenure, the Food Bank has grown from distributing 400,000 pounds of
food annually to almost two million pounds a year,” wrote new Executive Director Scott
Young in the nomination letter. “The Food Bank now serves 80 agencies and over 140
separate programs, all attempting to end hunger. We estimate that over 60,000 people
a month benefit from the efforts of the Food Bank of Lincoln.”
Other winners of the Mayor’s End Hunger Awards are:
This is the 16th year for the awards program in Lincoln. The U.S. Mayor’s End Hunger
Award was originally organized nationally in conjunction with World Food Day in October.
When the national association was discontinued several years ago, Lincoln’s World Food
Day Committee and the Mayor’s Office decided to continue the tradition.
- Margaret Kelly of Lincoln received the individual achievement award. For two
years, Kelly has spent all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays volunteering for the
perishable food program of the Lincoln Action Program (LAP). She helps unload
trucks, stock food and prepare bags for distribution. Her children have
occasionally helped as well. “Through her leadership and example, her children will
grow up learning that it is important to help others in their community,” wrote
Sheryl Haas of LAP who nominated Kelly for the award.
- Amber Haas of Waverly received the student/youth award. She has helped with
LAP’s perishable food program for five years. She was nominated by Beatty Brasch
of LAP who writes, “She started volunteering because her Mom works there, but it
soon became apparent that she enjoys helping others. She is especially good at
keeping a watchful eye on the little ones while Mom or Dad are picking up the food.”
Haas also serves meals at the Gathering Place monthly.
- Richard “Dick” Boohar of Lincoln received the award for lifetime achievement.
Boohar has operated the Concern Group of St. Mark’s on the Campus Episcopal Church
for more than 30 years. The group operates the church’s food pantry, and Boohar
handles finances, coordinates the food pick up and heads the fund-raising efforts.
He has also recruited assistance from many sources, including a UNL fraternity,
Sunday school classes and senior church members. He was nominated by Ferd
Anderson, Jr. of St. Mark’s.
- Patty Flynn of Lincoln received the award for individual achievement in a private
voluntary organization. Flynn volunteers for the Lincoln Lutheran Metro Pantry, which
has provided LAP with food boxes for many years. She was also nominated by Sheryl Haas
of LAP who writes, “Although she has been a volunteer for a relatively short time, LAP
could not provide food boxes without her and her many volunteers.”
Assisting Mayor Wesely in the presentations was Joanne Komenda of Community Action of
Nebraska, who is Chair of the Mayor’s End Hunger Award Committee.