Benefits Chart

# In householdAverage daily $ per person*Total food budget
1 person $3.71 $18.55
2 people $3.71 $37.10
3 people $3.71 $55.65
4 people $3.71 $74.20

*# of household members participating x $18.55 = Total food budget

Participant Profiles

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman

LV Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Winning 60 percent of the vote, Carolyn G. Goodman became the mayor of the city of Las Vegas on July 6, 2011. Her husband of 50 years and then current mayor, Oscar B. Goodman, administered the oath of office. It is the only known instance of a spouse succeeding a spouse as mayor in the United States. Oscar Goodman was term limited after 12 years of service.

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Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen

Mayor HafenAndy Hafen was reelected as the city of Henderson’s twelfth mayor in April 2013. He previously served on the Henderson City Council representing Ward II from 1987 to 2009. During his elected service, Mayor Hafen has seen Henderson become the second largest city in Nevada and helped celebrate the city’s diamond sixtieth anniversary. Additionally, Henderson was named as the second safest city in America by Forbes and as one of the top 100 places to live in the United States by MONEY magazine in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

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North Las Vegas Mayor John J. Lee

Mayor Lee 8x11Mayor John J. Lee was elected to the North Las Vegas City Council in April 2013. As an Eagle Scout, John Lee began his commitment to public service at a young age. His commitment to public service continued as he served on various commissions and boards through elected office as a Nevada State Assemblyman and Nevada State Senator. John's private sector experiences as a business man provide a good foundation for leading.

John's first job was with the Culinary Union as a dishwasher at the Silver Nugget on Las Vegas Boulevard. In 1975, John began working in the plumbing trade, and continued working the tradecraft at various construction projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley, using the family station wagon as his plumbing truck. He eventually turned his craft into a successful plumbing company.

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Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler

Mayor Roger Tobler was elected to the City Council in June of 2003 and mayor in 2007. He has made Boulder City his home since 1969 when his parents Heber and Zona moved here from Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended elementary through high school in Boulder City. Following high school, Roger attended Brigham Young University, graduating in 1989 with a B.S. degree in accounting. He married his wife Alyson in 1987 and they have five children who are all now attending schools in Boulder City.

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Mesquite Mayor Mark Wier

Mark Wier

Mayor Mark Wier was elected Mayor of Mesquite in July 2011.  He is an eighteen year resident of Mesquite, Nevada and has over twenty years of director level marketing and business development experience in the hospitality and communications industries.

Mayor Wier represents the City of Mesquite on the Clark County Regional Flood Control District Board of Directors, the Clark County Regional Transportation Committee and the Clark County School District Bond Oversight Committee.

Brian Burton - President and CEO of Three Square

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Brian W. Burton is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank. Burton brings more than 20 years of non-profit industry experience to his post at Three Square Food Bank. He most recently served as Executive Director of the Wilkinson Center in Dallas, Texas, a non-profit organization that empowers low-income families to break the cycle of poverty through emergency services including food assistance, education and case management. His professional expertise includes rapid organizational growth and development, program sustainability, community engagement, public policy work and diversified fundraising.

Burton holds a Master of Divinity degree in Education from Southern Seminary, a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University.

Stephen Austin - Addiction

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Born to Air Force parents, Stephen Austin’s earliest memories were living in the Philippine islands where he began his love for food and especially island-inspired cuisine. Austin returned to live in Georgia, the birthplace of his parents and grandparents, where he learned the distinct flavors of the south and techniques that he called “southern fusion.”

Austin moved to Las Vegas and attended culinary school at The College of Southern Nevada, further honing his cooking skills. He worked with local chefs including William Becker of the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino as well as Bradley Manchester, whom as a team opened Wicked Spoon, the award-winning buffet inside The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Austin now serves as Executive Chef for Addiction restaurant inside Rumor Boutique Hotel and invites guests to taste dishes that represent his love of American cuisine, with a dash of spice.

Heather Avila - Weight Watchers

Heather Avila (WW)Heather Avila is Director of Business Development at Weight Watchers of Las Vegas, Inc., overseeing strategic business advancement in Southern Nevada and Southern Utah. Her business philosophy is grounded in the belief that obesity prevention is achievable and can be realized through a combination of smart governance, industry support and community empowerment.

Prior to assuming her current role, Heather held several positions in the company, including Marketing Director, At Work Director and Meetings Leader. In addition to being an employee of Weight Watchers, Heather is a Lifetime Member. She lost 70 pounds after the birth of her first son and has maintained her weight loss since 2004 by adhering to the principals she learned while following the program. 

Forrest Griffin - UFC

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Forrest Griffin is an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Famer and former Light Heavyweight Champion. He won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005 and has been one of the most beloved UFC fighters ever since. His battle against Stephan Bonnar in the tournament finals is widely remembered as one of the greatest in UFC history and the fight that brought the UFC into the mainstream. For winning the competition he was given a professional contract to fight with the UFC. The fight was declared the #1 UFC fight of all time in the UFC Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights program. Griffin is one of the only fighters to go from winning The Ultimate Fighter to winning a UFC championship. He also went on to serve as a coach on the The Ultimate Fighter Season 7.

Griffin, a former Georgia police officer, has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia. He retired from competition in 2013 and currently resides in Las Vegas.

Jessica Janner - KTNV TV 13

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Jessica Janner joined Action News in 2011 as a reporter before moving to the anchor desk in 2013. You can watch her weekdays on Good Morning Las Vegas starting at 4:30 a.m. and Action News Midday at 11 a.m.

Jessica moved to the United States when she was about 7 years old and grew up in Southern California. She graduated from the University of Southern California (Fight On!).

Jessica is a “carioca” (born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). She has also lived in Madrid, Spain and speaks both Portuguese and Spanish. Before moving to Las Vegas, Jessica worked in Amarillo, Texas.

During her spare time, Jessica enjoys playing tennis, cycling, dancing, and reading.

Joyce Lupiani - KTNV TV 13

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Joyce Lupiani joined Action News in 2011 as a writer/web producer and was promoted to Interactive Web Editor in 2013. Previous to joining TV land, Joyce worked for the Portland Press Herald in Maine as a staff writer for almost three years and at the Las Vegas Review-Journal for almost 16 years in various positions in the newsroom and online department.

Joyce is a news junkie and loves Las Vegas. She writes a variety of articles for, including two weekly columns titled On The Strip and Downtown Deets. Both are a roundup of news and events for their respective areas.

Joyce is also a writer for and is always on the lookout for the latest celebrity getting in trouble or a new cute animal video (although she is not sure she wants to admit that).

Lastly, Joyce takes a lot of photos with her iPhone at various events around town. Sometimes, those photos tend to end up on She should probably get a real camera.

Joyce is originally from Tennessee but much prefers the hot, dry weather of Las Vegas to the hot, sticky weather of Tennessee. She attended school at Memphis State University, Rochester Institute of Technology and College of Southern Nevada.

Terrie Springs - KKLZ and husband, David Allen - KJUL

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EVERYBODY listens to Terrie! A true sweetheart, Terrie loves pets, nutrition, sports, and of course, great music! Her rapport with her audience is evident every time she opens themicrophone or takes a call.





David Allen wanted to be a radio broadcaster his entire life, listening to radio stations constantly as a kid and then studying Radio and TV for a career at Michigan State University. As all radio people have, he has worked with a variety of stations in all parts of the country but has found Las Vegas to be his favorite place of all. David and his wife have lived in Las Vegas for 22 years and have witnessed significant changes within the Las Vegas broadcasting industry. KJUL is one of the most interesting stations that David has worked at because of the passion of the audience. They love the station and they love the music and that makes it fun for David to come to work day after day.

Lisa Valentine - View Newspaper

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Lisa Valentine left her native Michigan in 2006 for Las Vegas. A Centennial Hills resident, she has worked for View Neighborhood Newspapers, the community section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, for seven years. She currently serves as the View's dining editor and is copy editor of the Summerlin/Summerlin South View. When not engaged in journalistic pursuits, she enjoys all things pop culture, reading and spending time at the park with her German shepherd mix, Bailey.

UNLV Men's Golf Team

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Playing for national titles. That is, and has been for quite some time, the goal of the UNLV men's golf team under head coach Dwaine Knight, who enters his 27th season at the helm of this nationally prominent program. Under his watch, the Rebels have captured a team national title, two individual national championships, and four NCAA regional team titles. The Rebels have been so successful over the years that it has become expected that the team will compete for a national title each and every season. The Rebels have made an NCAA-record 25 consecutive regional appearances, while advancing to the national finals 18 times during that stretch.

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