BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Some families in need living in Brunswick County will eat well for the next few days, because more than 1,100 families got a free package of food on Wednesday.
It's all part of a federal program operated by the Brunswick Family Assistance Agency, who does a big food distribution event four times per year.
Each time, special education students from South Brunswick High School volunteer and help distribute the bags. As we found out, some of the students get a bigger reward than the people who get the free food!
Nearly 30 students and volunteers spent the day handing out food and assisting folks with carrying the bags to their cars.
"It's good to know that people are willing to help without having to pay them any money," said Maggie Munn, a food recipient who lives in Leland.
They don't get paid, but the students who help are all special. Rosa Hernandez moved to Brunswick County in 9th grade with her mom. Since then, just getting by has been a problem.
"My English wasn't really that good," said Hernandez.
Rosa worked at her language skills with the help of Brunswick County Teacher of the Year, Karen Babson.
"You have to experience success, you have to develop your own level of success," said Babson. "Every one of them are successful when they come out here."
"Without their help, I don't think I would be where I'm at right now," said Hernandez.
In addition to volunteering as a translator, Rosa has worked as a cashier at the McDonald's in Southport for the past two years and she's in line for a promotion with a pay raise.
Hernandez attributes her success to this program.
"It builds up who you are," said Hernandez. "It makes you a better person."
The next commodities distribution event in Brunswick County is coming up in May. Families can qualify for benefits based on their house hold income. For more information, click here.
As for Hernandez, she still has one more year of high school but afterwards, she plans to attend cosmetology school.
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