Leaders Praise the Legacy of Jane Avery

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“Jane was a willing and passionate partner with anyone and everyone who wanted to serve the cause of the hungry. She welcomed partnering with the Office of the Attorney General and Indiana State Bar Association to challenge the members of the legal profession in our annual March Against Hunger competition. Jane Avery lived the words of Isaiah 58:10, ‘If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.’”  — Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General

“The passing of Jane Avery is a significant loss for Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana. I am honored to have known Jane over the years. Her caring spirit for all allowed her to make the Community Harvest Food Bank a national leader in serving the hungry with compassion and dignity.

She also excelled at creating partnerships to further the food bank’s reach. Her contribution to the community will continue for a long time to come with the innovative programs she implemented at Community Harvest and the can-do attitude she embodied.” 

*Mayor Henry honored Avery with the Key to the Fort March 19, 2011, for her extraordinary commitment to the community through her stewardship and involvement. She was the second person to receive this award from Mayor Henry.  — Tom Henry, Mayor, Fort Wayne

“For so many people in Allen County and throughout northeast Indiana, Jane Avery was the Community Harvest Food Bank.  She would be the first to tell you she had many great individuals working alongside her who deserved credit.  But everyone knew it was Jane’s seemingly inexhaustible energy, spirit, compassion and positive attitude which guided the agency and made a difference in the lives of thousands of our residents.  It is almost impossible to think of Community Harvest without Jane at the helm, but we know the foundation she has laid will continue to serve others into the future.  On behalf of the citizens of Allen County, we offer our sincere condolences to Jane’s family and many, many friends.— Allen County Commissioners

“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Jane Avery, a selfless leader and beloved Hoosier. Jane was a pillar of the community in Fort Wayne and devoted her career to serving the most vulnerable among us. Her compassion was unmatched, and she epitomized all that is good about the Hoosier spirit each and every day. Today, Indiana lost one of our best. The First Lady and I extend our sincerest condolences to her husband, her daughters, and the countless Hoosiers touched by Jane Avery’s kindness.” — Mike Pence, Indiana Governor 

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jane Avery, the Executive Director of our local Community Harvest Food Bank. She was a wonderful member of our community, and her legacy of helping those with the greatest need will always be remembered. My prayers go out to her family, friends and loved ones.” — Martin Carbaugh, Indiana State Representative, District 81