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Jefferson Award winner Betty DeForest (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Spreads Spirit Of Giving To Hayward’s Needy

Betty DeForest sat calmly amid the excited children swirling around her outside the South Hayward Parish pantry. Here she is known as “Mama” to about 400 families a week who receive free food donations. DeForest co-founded the pantry 30 years ago. It serves a third of Hayward’s hungry.