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.


With the wonderful help of the Carson City Assembly, Rainbow Girls, we assisted the kids in planting their very own take home herb gardens. They were very excited to learn their plants would grow into food they could cook with if they provided proper care. These types of projects give the children something to look forward to, be responsible for and an understanding of where things come from.

We are at the end of our fourth week and have served over 2,700 lunches. We are having a great time with the kids. Thank you to those of you who have come out and volunteered, we couldn't do it without you.

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