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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 and world.
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.

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.

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