July 17, 2015 - The following is a statement from Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry on the passing of Jane Avery, the executive director of the Community Harvest Food Bank:

“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 foodbank’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.