She sought to feed the children in need
No Kid Hungry joins effort to provide meals
Joanne Edwards has lived in the small town of Greeleyville, South Carolina, for more than 30 years, and her time as the district liaison for an elementary school provided her with a clear view of the community’s needs. With the nearest grocery store 15 to 20 miles away, many parents struggled to feed their children.
So Edwards joined forces with No Kid Hungry (nokidhungry.org), a program that provides meals to needy families, to make sure Greeleyville’s children were fed. She organized food pickups at convenient locations and spearheaded a team to deliver food.
Question: What motivated you to start the summer program with No Kid Hungry?
Edwards: I wanted to be of help and build things up to make things better. I had the vision, but I didn’t always have the resources. No Kid Hungry stepped in and supplied all the resources. They stood by us 100 percent.
Q: What is your favorite holiday movie?
Edwards: “Miracle on 34th Street” because I like to think it reflects our town. This program has been a miracle in Greeleyville.
Q: What was the best gift you’ve ever received?
Edwards: When I was a child, my dad worked in Florida, and Christmas was when he came home. He came in one year with a big bag of Florida oranges. Those were the sweetest oranges that I’ve ever tasted. We shared them with the whole community.
Edwards’ best advice on volunteering
Get motivated: Volunteering keeps me going. It gives fulfillment to all of us. After I retired, I volunteered in the after-school program (at the school); that was my heart. I loved every minute of it.
Shine the spotlight: Keep stories about causes alive all year round for people to learn about. Even when it’s not the holidays, it’s important to spread the word that there is hunger in America.
Do it for the kids: We do an Angel Tree (toys and clothes provided by the Salvation Army) during Christmas for our kids. I wish you could see their faces when they receive their gifts. There’s nothing like making a kid happy.