CHAROLETTE TIDWELL: ANTIOCH COMMUNITY GARDEN
Raised by devoted parents of ten children, Charolette’s natural passion for caretaking led her to pursue a long and fulfilling career in nursing. Rather than retiring, Charolette found a new way to keep helping people. She founded Antioch for Youth & Family, a nonprofit that provides supplemental food assistance to members of the Fort Smith, Arkansas community to combat her hometown’s hunger crisis. Focusing on family nutrition, mentorship for at-risk youth and elderly care, Charolette’s organization provides resources to more than 10,400 people in need, with more than 800,000 meals each year. She also spearheaded the development of a community garden to source fresh produce for her pantry, while providing more than 1,000 schoolchildren with opportunities for garden-based STEM learning.