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Walker Honors Anna Freiberg of Greensboro as Community Hero of the Month for Feeding Homeless on Christmas

January 9, 2019
Press Release

GREENSBORO, N.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) honored Greensboro's Anna Freiberg as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for January 2019. Guilford County Commissioner Justin Conrad, a longtime friend of Freiberg, was in attendance at the presentation. 

Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.

Freiberg is the owner of Bender's Tavern on West Market Street in Greensboro. She has consistently used her time, talent, and treasure to help others. Most significantly, her parents started a tradition of feeding people who struggle with homelessness in Guilford County on Christmas Day. Freiberg has been able to continue this tradition, expanding it to Forsyth County as well. On Christmas Day 2018, she served more than 4,200 people at her restaurant. 

Freiberg has also hosted fundraisers for many causes over the years, including cancer treatment and research, Toys for Tots, and assistance for local tornado victims.

“Anna Freiberg is one of the most giving people I’ve ever met," Conrad said. "Whenever there is a need, be it feeding the homeless, working in our community during a crisis like this past year’s tornado, or simply helping a friend through a tough time, Anna is always front and center. I’m honored to call her my friend.” 


“Anna is walking the walk," Walker said. "As soon as you meet her you can tell that she has a deep and genuine love for our community and everyone in it. She gives back to say thank you for how the community has embraced her business – and she does it almost without limits. Anna's selflessness to spend Christmas Day serving thousands and self-funding most of the meals is inspiration for us all.” 

Walker presented her with a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in her honor.