In 2000, recently retired nurse Charolette Tidwell learned that seniors in her neighbourhood, in need of cheap sources of protein, were resorting to eating pet food.
"Allowing the generation that raised us to go to the point that they’re eating cat food and dog food, I can’t imagine that," Tidwell, 69, told NBC Nightly News. “I think it’s a forgotten population.”
So Tidwell, who grew up poor and was taught to always help those in need, invested her pension in her community, launching the social services agency Antioch Consolidated Association for Youth and Family. She now feeds about 7,000 people a month in her hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas, through the food pantry where she works, unpaid, six days a week.
"In Arkansas, more than 160,000 seniors face hunger, according to a press release issued by Gov. Beebe and a study released by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services," Ken Kupchick, director of marketing and development for the River ValleyRead More »from Retired nurse uses her pension to feed the hungry in her community