In November 2006, Rebecca Rund, PTA member, and Brenda Kizor, school counselor, established Fritsch Friends, a pilot program to discreetly and directly provide weekly bags of food for the school’s neediest children. Thanks to the support from our community and incredible volunteers, we have grown into an independent, nonprofit organization, Food for Thought, Inc.™ Today we serve 16 schools in our community.

Staff and Board of Directors

Food for Thought is managed and run by a small, dedicated and passionate staff and an engaged board of directors. Our focus is to drive every dollar possible toward purchasing food for the children in need in our community.

Board Members

President | Mike Walker, Nevada Department of Education, State Coordinator
Education for Homeless Children

Vice President | Christine Slothower,Vice President, Mutual of Omaha Bank

Treasurer | Carrie Ayarbe, CPA, Allbritten/Slates Certified Public Accountants, LLC

Secretary | Dawn Ellerbrock, Attorney, Allison MacKenzie Law Firm

Lynette Conrad, Physician Assistant, Carson Tahoe Hospital (Immediate Past President)

Nancy Yamamoto (Past President)

Gina Session, Chief Deputy Attorney General

Jeff Maples, Southwest Gas

Myrna Salas


Marlene Maffei, Executive Director

George Allbritten, Bookkeeper

Nonprofit Status

Food for Thought, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public, nonprofit charity; federal tax ID #51-0664783.


The first day of Summer, the third week of our free summer lunch program and a very special event today for the kids. In addition to the Brewery Arts Center offering Art in the Park to the kids each Monday,Wednesday and Friday today we enjoyed learning about beautiful miniature ponies, a baby goat and some crazy hair chicks. Zoe Cockerill, Director of The Littlest Things brought out her animals for the kids to enjoy. There were lots of wide eyes and questions as the kids learned about the animals. They enjoyed brushing and petting them and exchanged lots of hugs. We were informed of experiences with cartoon ponies and toy ponies, but never real life ponies. This was a great learning experience and for most their first interaction with these types of animals. I am so happy we were able to provide the kids with this experience. Thank you Zoe, Pepper and Dominic for a great time today, we appreciate your kindness. ...

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