GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Frances M. Williams is the founder and president of Do Over Ministry, a labor of love that she established with the sole purpose of providing meals, clothing, and emotional support for those in the community stricken with poverty. Her commitment to helping those less fortunate earned her recognition by the Sodexo Foundation as a 2011 Hero of Everyday Life. Williams will be honored by the anti-hunger charitable arm of Sodexo, Inc., at the foundation's annual fundraising dinner on June 9 in Washington, D.C., where she will also receive a $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of her choice, Do Over Ministry.
Williams founded Do Over Ministry in 2006. Since then, it has grown from a one-woman effort into a force of over 80 volunteers serving more than 2,000 meals each year. In addition to providing food, Williams and her organization offer clothing, career guidance, education, and nutritional counseling to local residents. From the beginning, she worked to actively engage and recruit approximately 50 Sodexo employees to volunteer at various Do Over Ministry events including dinner preparations and food drives.
"Frances Williams is a great example of how each of us should take hunger personally, providing real solutions to people in the communities around us," said Robert A. Stern, president, the Sodexo Foundation. "It is especially important where childhood hunger is concerned given the life-long impact that a reliable source of food can make in a child's health and academic performance."
One in four people in a soup kitchen line is a child, and more than one in three households served by food pantries includes children. In 1999 the Sodexo Foundation was created to advance Sodexo's commitment to fight hunger. In January 2011 it announced a renewed commitment to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life.
Williams is one of eight Heroes of Everyday Life recognized by the Sodexo Foundation. The other heroes include: Angel L. Gonzalez, Camden, N.J.; Charmion Wood, Gaithersburg, Md.; Julia Pipkins, Carrollton, Texas; Kerwin M. Higashi, Redmond, Wash.; Lucas Minor, Bellingham, Wash.; Patty Johnson, Willowbrook, Ill. ; Ryan Wilson, Allison Park, Pa.
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