Food Bank Director Remembered

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

RENO, NV - The director of a local food bank is being remembered for her mission to help others. Elaine Gademsky recently passed away from an illness.

Now a volunteer at Hands of Hope, it was hunger and no work that brought Tim Haskell there.

"I needed help, help has been there, now I'm trying to give back to the community and anybody else I can help out," he said.

It was a mission shared with director Elaine Gademsky.

"Her middle name is 'Hope' and she gave me hope that first day."

Volunteers say Gademsky ran a tight ship, to make sure everyone who needed food would receive it.

"She had a heart as big as Reno she would have fed the whole town if she could have got the stuff to do it," Cheryl Cowden, a volunteer, said.

Hands of Hope has grown, moving into a larger building. It feeds one-hundred thirty every Saturday and the need has only grown. The operation takes place under an American flag, with meals being taken not just to Reno but Fallon and Fernley too.

"Her one son is a marine," Doug Gransbury, a cashier, said. "She wanted the veteran's night strictly for them."

Even after Gademsky's passing, the effort continues.

"It's like she hasn't left yet it's like she is looking over us," Haskell said.

Right now Hand of Hope is asking for food donations. It is located on Gentry Way in Reno. Gademsky's husband continues to head the food bank.

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