Retired Nurse Feeds 7,000 Hungry People Each Month Using Her Pension
Charlotte Tidwell, 69, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, may have retired as a nurse, but she hasn’t stopped helping people.
Tidwell, who is African American, worked for more than 40 years as a nurse and now uses a portion of her pension each month to feed the hungry.
In 2000, she founded a social services agency called the Antioch Consolidated Association for Youth and Family, and with her own money as well as donations and small grants, the food bank today provides food for 7,000 people a month and nearly half a million annually, NBC News reported.
“I have the obligation to serve them, and to serve them in a compassionate, respectful way,” Tidwell told the outlet.
Tidwell’s efforts are more than needed in the state. According to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, from 2011 to 2013, Arkansas had a household food insecurity rate of 21.2 percent. This was the highest of any state in the country, reports The Huffington Post.
“I just believe we serve a lot of working poor people who fall between the cracks,” Tidwell told Fort Smith’s Southwest Times Record last summer. “And I don’t turn anyone away from the door.”
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