When Willa Johnson was growing up, her mother worked long hours as a nurse in Dallas, Texas. During those shifts, Willa would spend time at a local community center. Underfunded, the food was oftennot fresh. I said, if I grow up, I'm not going to feed kids like this, she recalls. Years later, Willa opened a dine-out catering business in Athens called The Soul Kitchen. The more time she spent with the community, the more she saw how children in the area depended on schools for fresh, hot meals. Compelled to action, she started the nonprofit Feeding Kids Right to help fill the gap when schools are closed. The organization feeds over six thousand children a day during the summer months, and its impact was even greater during the pandemic. Warning: the video of Willa talking about her labor of love is a tear-jerker.

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