Retired Nurse Uses Her Pension Check to Feed the Hungry in Her State

Charlotte Tidwell speaks with one of the many people who get meals at her agency each month.

*Charlotte Tidwell may have retired her job as a nurse, but she is still helping people in a most meaningful way; By making sure they have food in their stomach. Because going hungry ain’t no joke.

Not only does Tidwell, a 69-year-old African American woman, use a portion of the pension she earned during her 40+ years as a nurse to feed the hungry each month, she went a step further and founded a nonprofit agency, where she could apply for grants and accept donations to ensure she reaches as many people as possible. Now the Antioch Consolidated Association for Youth and Family feeds 7,000 people a month and nearly half a million annually, according to NBC News.

Tidwell told the news agency, “I have the obligation to serve them, and to serve them in a compassionate, respectful way.” 

Her efforts are sorely needed in the state where, according to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, a household food insecurity rate of 21.2 percent was noted from 2011 to 2013. This, according to  The Huffington Post, was the highest of any state in the country, reports .

“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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