'Real Mamas' Pay Off Mt. Juliet Lunch Accounts

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - A group of moms in Mt. Juliet have made it their mission to provide lunch to children who may not be able to afford their school lunch every day.

"A kid cannot function in the school setting and make good grades without being fed. That's our fuel," said Stephanie Godwin.

That fuel is something many kids throughout Wilson County public schools may not be getting, simply because they don't have the cash.

"Some come with no breakfast, no breakfast money, no snack and no lunch money," said Godwin.

Godwin's children attend a Mt. Juliet school. She said her heart sank when she learned that there were students who couldn't afford to eat lunch.

"It broke my heart, because our kids don't know how well they have it," said Godwin.

Godwin is part of the group Real Mamas of Mt. Juliet, and those Real Mamas said they're all about change.

"A real Mama doesn't want to get caught up in any negativity, or drama. A real Mama wants to help kids," said Carmelita Stafford, Sister's WhimYy, Co-Owner.

Carmelita Stafford and Marquita Hall own Sister's WhimZy.

The store owners and Godwin are apart of the Facebook group, Real Mamas of Mt. Juliet.

They are now making shirts and hats to help pay off negative lunch accounts.

"Each of these items are $24.99, and $5 of each purchase goes right back into the lunch fund," said Stafford.

So far the Real Mamas have raised enough money to pay for 11 Wilson County Public Schools with negative lunch accounts, to make sure no child is left hungry with the gift of giving.

"As long as people want to help and want to make that purchase we'll do it," said Stafford.

Other towns are now interested in the idea. Gallatin and Hendersonville may be coming up with Real Mama shirts as well.

Real Mama merchandise can be purchased at Sister's WhimZy in Mt. Juliet.

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