Alexa Howard, a volunteer from Dow Corning, carries a box of non-perishable food during the Feed the Children event at Carroll County High School on Tuesday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Alexa Howard, a volunteer from Dow Corning, carries a box of non-perishable food during the Feed the Children event at Carroll County High School on Tuesday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Nearly 60 volunteers helped unload and hand out a truckload of food from Feed the Children during a special delivery stop in Carrollton.

Tuesday's delivery was the first time for the Speedway Children's Charities and Feed the Children food distribution in Carrollton, Dayna Winslette with Speedway Children's Charities at Kentucky Speedway, said.

Carroll County had been identified during preliminary planning stages for this year's program as a possible recipient for the 400 boxes of non-perishable food items that can feed a family of four for nearly a week.

"We try to target a lot of places in our own backyard," Winslette said.

Winslette said the stop in Carrollton is one of 10 deliveries throughout Kentucky this year thanks to a partnership between the speedway's parent company and Feed the Children, Kentucky Speedway's Nationwide race sponsor.

Each of the eight racetracks owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. hosts a Speedway Children's Charities chapter to help care for children and families near the racetracks.

"It's one of those feel-good things we like to do," Winslette said of the Feed the Children truckload deliveries. The organization also provides grants to children's nonprofit organizations after the food drive deliveries are completed each year.

All of the Speedway charity chapters provide two truckloads of food to local locations in a track's home state throughout the year, Winslette said. Each chapter covers the cost of the truck-load of food through fundraising throughout race weekends and during other opportunities throughout the year.

Yet, thanks to the Kentucky Speedway Nationwide race sponsor, the Kentucky Speedway chapter of Speedway Children's Charities provides additional deliveries throughout the local area.

While several of the stops are often at major metropolitan areas such as Louisville, Lexington and Newport, the charity identified other smaller locations to benefit from the food this year as well.

Even though it was the first time for the stop in Carroll County, organizers deemed it one of the most successful of the chapter's food drives.

Speedway Children's Charities link with area groups to identify families that would benefit most from the delivery. Each of the 400 families are pre-selected and given a voucher for the pick-up.

Organizer Chris White with the First Baptist Church in Carrollton said school administration officials helped identify families from the area, which helped make the distribution go well.

Area businesses and school groups also provided volunteer support for the day.

"It's the largest group (of volunteers) we've ever had at a food drive in three years," said Becky Smith with Speedway Children's Charities at Kentucky Speedway.

Unlike other food drive stops by the organization, the number of Carrollton volunteers allowed food boxes to be transported to families who were unable to stop by the high school during the delivery.

Local families picked up more than 200 boxes at the Carroll County High School parking lot, with about 70 additional boxes delivered to homes. The rest of the boxes will be held until families can pick up the items at a designated spot or donated to a local food bank.