Whoever invented that old expression about there being no such thing as a free lunch never met Brenda Watford of Thomasville, North Carolina. In charge of the school cafeteria, more than 88% of the children in her charge receive free or reduced price meals when the schools are open. The summer presents an obvious dilemma, and it would be one without resolution if not for Brenda Watford.
Once the furniture capital of America, Thomasville has hit hard times since the plant closed and thousands of jobs went to China and South America. It currently has a very high unemployment rate of 10.8%. Brenda herself remembers the days of her childhood when her mother boiled water for dirt soup. It is for this reason that she has given up her summer to devote it to making sure that all the local children who need it can come for a healthy, free meal.
The 32 million children enrolled in the school lunch programs for poor students used to go hungry in the summer, but they don’t anymore. Brenda Watford and her team of volunteers simply refuse to let the children in their hometown feel any hunger pangs. Every weekday during the summer months, they take free meals to 1,500 children in Thomasville, North Carolina.
For Brenda it’s all about being there for these children who depend on her. For the almost 20 million other children throughout America who qualify for free and reduced lunch, she can’t be there and it makes her sad.
Good for you, Brenda Watford and your team.
Check out this video that shows all the good this woman does for hungry children.