Local Mt. Juliet moms have taken the issue of overdue school lunches into their own hands. The Facebook group, Real Mama’s, was formed to help raise money for Wilson County students who are struggling to keep up with lunch money charges.
The group first focused on student hunger after meeting with the Mt. Juliet Elementary Principal, Ginger Ash. The group has been raising money through donations, T-shirt sales and a Christmas Extravaganza that was held in November.
The Mt. Juliet boutique shop, Sister’s WhimZy, has been heavily involved in the organization by selling t-shirts with the Real Mama’s logo at their store. Carmelita Stafford and Marquita Hall are owners of the boutique and proud members of Real Mama’s.
The group has gained approximately 550 members after it launched this past fall semester.
“Our goal is to set an example for our kids,” said Stephanie Godwin, who has helped lead organization of the Real Mamas. “If we do that the kids might have an eye of doing something ... I think people are shocked this is a problem."
Real Mama’s has raised enough money to pay for 11 Wilson County Public Schools that have negative lunch accounts.
Schools that have been helped by the Real Mama's donations are: Springdale, Stoner Creek, West, W.A. Wright, Rutland, Elzie D. Patton, Lakeview, Gladeville and Mt. Juliet elementary schools. West Wilson Mt. Juliet middle schools also received helped.
Real Mama’s merchandise can be purchased at the Sister’s WhimZy boutique in Mt. Juliet.