Everyday Hero Of The Week: Cinnamon Rosa of Tacoma, WA

“The people in this area need it, so I want to supply that as much as I can,” says Cinnamon Rosa of Takoma, as she hands food to those in need in People’s Park, Tacoma. “If you [kids] get free and reduced lunch during the school year, what are they getting when they are out of school?” she asked.  And she pays for the food, largely, out of her own pocket.

Families who bring their children to People’s Park are happy that people from the community are stepping in to help. “You have school out. You have a lot of single parents that don’t have extra money, you know, to send them to daycare — you know, the things [meals] that they were getting while school was in,” said grandmother Arkangler Conners.

Parents are grateful and the word is spreading around Tacoma. Cinnamon said she will continue to provide lunches in People’s Park. Metro Parks Tacoma, the organization with which Cinnamon works to help provide the lunches (who receive the food at-cost from Subway) is also serving kids in eight parks around the city.

“We really were strategic about selecting the sites and selecting the parks that really hit where the highest need were for free and reduced lunch,” said Tareena Jobert with Metro Parks.

At 760 meals per day, Metro Parks is serving more meals through their program than previous years. But they can’t get to all parks.

“I think as a community member everyone that works together to address the need is good.The more the merrier,” said Jobert.

See the full story: http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/tacoma/2015/07/30/tacoma-woman-feeds-families-in-need-in-hilltop-neighborhood/30913317/