Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced he has appointed Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow and Cherie Jamason, the Director of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, to the National Commission on Hunger. The ten member National Commission on Hunger was established in the omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to develop a report that focuses on new strategies to solve the problem of domestic hunger. The Commission will examine ways to partner with the faith, nonprofit, and business sectors in order to help solve this national problem.
“I am so pleased to appoint Ricki and Cherie to this important commission and I know they will represent Nevada well,” said Senator Reid. “Anyone can experience hunger, as we have learned during recent tough economic times. But we know hunger disproportionally affects children and seniors. This is a problem we can solve through community partnerships and I am confident the findings of this commission will bring us closer to a solution.
“I thank Senator Reid for trusting me with this role,” said Ricki Barlow. “Too many boys and girls in Las Vegas and other big cities across the country go to bed hungry, every night. As Las Vegas City Councilman, I witness each day the many challenges we face as a community. Therefore, I look forward to serving on this very important commission on hunger, working aggressively to eradicate this problem once and for all.”
“I thank Senator Reid for this nomination,” said Cherie Jamason. “I have devoted my professional career to combating hunger. Children and families who are hungry don’t just live in the big cities. They also live in our country’s rural communities and when addressing this issue, we must look at how we can increase access to food in rural America. I look forward to working with the members of the commission to help solve this growing issue.”
Ricki Barlow, a Las Vegas City Councilman, serves on numerous boards and commissions including the California-Nevada Super Speed Ground Transportation Commission, the city of Las Vegas Recommending Committee, the National League of Cities – Community Economic Development Board, the city of Las Vegas Management Committee for Emergency Operations, KIDS Vote, the Southern Nevada Gang Task Force, the Post Office Executive Committee and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.
Cherie Jamason has served as President and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada for the last 25 years and brings decades of experience addressing hunger in rural Nevada. The Food Bank has grown and thrived under her visionary leadership, now serving more than 97,000 per month and distributing 10.5 million pounds of food a year through more than 130 partner agencies and six direct service programs in 13 northern Nevada counties and seven counties in the Tahoe/Sierra region of California. Jamason has been instrumental in spearheading programs that bring much-needed help to the two main Food Bank client groups – children and seniors. Jamason lives the mission of ending hunger in our region and has helped move the Food Bank into the future with the opening of the new Donald W. Reynolds Regional Food Distribution Center and the Food Bank’s recent 29th Anniversary. She is a tireless advocate on the local, state and national front for legislation concerning hunger issues.