Waltman, AHS graduate, receives Humanitarian of the Year Award

Published 9:15 am Monday, September 18, 2023

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Former Andalusia resident Jenny Anderson Waltman was recently recognized by Samford University in Birmingham as the recipient of the college’s 2023 Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Jenny Anderson Waltman

She is a 1995 Andalusia High School alumna and 1998 Samford University graduate. Waltman is the daughter of Ziba and Pennye Anderson of Andalusia and the founder, CEO, and chairman of Grace Klein Community, a non-profit organization in Birmingham.

The Humanitarian of the Year award is given to Samford graduates of true distinction, wide respect and acknowledged leadership. The recipients are recognized for having given selflessly and working tirelessly to better the lives of others and society at large by staying true to the Samford Mission.

One of Grace Klein Community’s largest initiatives, FEEDBHM, supplied over 2 million pounds of food in 2022 to provide 1.7 million meals through 47,053 volunteer hours and 240 local food donors. In addition to food, Grace Klein seeks to build community and demonstrate the love of Christ emotionally, relationally and spiritually. They provide tangible needs, operate community homes to host out-of-state serve teams, and partner with missionaries from around the world.

In 2021, Waltman authored “God Chose the Wrong Person,” a memoir showcasing her journey but also serving as encouragement to those struggling with feelings of inadequacy. She graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies.

Those interested in purchasing a copy of “God Chose the Wrong Person” for $14.99 may place an order at localbooknook.com/product/god-chose-the-wrong-person.

For more information about Grace Klein Community visit gracekleincommunity.com.

— This story was provided to the Andalusia Star-News by Samford University.