Support for the poor people in my hometown

Support for the poor people in my hometown

From Charolette Tidwell

Support for seniors in my community who were unable to afford food, and who, at times, due to desperation and starvation, had resorted to finding and eating cat and dog food.

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After noticing many of my neighbors and people in my hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas, struggle with food security, I decided to create and run a food pantry. I works six days a week to keep it running, unpaid, and I personally buys all of the food, using my own pension to pay for it.

As a child growing up, I knew the pain of regularly not having enough food to eat. I was raised in poverty and I understand all the issues that go along with not having enough money. I have seen seniors in my community who were unable to afford food, and who, at times, due to desperation and starvation, had resorted to finding and eating cat and dog 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, I think [seniors are] a forgotten population. So i help feed up to 7,000 people each and every month in my hometown of Fort Smith. My group, Antioch for Youth and Family, hands out more than 500,000 meals each year to the hungry and to those living in poverty. The combination of factory closures and very low wages have increased poverty levels in Fort Smith, and i am deeply needed of more hands any help will be  appreciated.

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