OJ Stapleton|NDL Food was stacked from the floor to the ceiling last week after Concerned Citizens got in a large shipment from Feed The Children.

OJ Stapleton|NDL

Food was stacked from the floor to the ceiling last week after Concerned Citizens got in a large shipment from Feed The Children.

Last week, Concerned Citizens got in the first truckload of non-perishable food and other personal hygiene items from the Feed The Children charity.

The food and other items were stacked floor to ceiling in the downstairs area of KP Hall on 5th Street where Concerned Citizens is based.

Since getting the shipment, Concerned Citizens have been working with local assistance agencies and food banks to help distribute everything.

"We're reaching out to all agencies that we know and try to work with them," said Concerned Citizens director Doris Vick. "We're working with Agape, Community Action, Good Samaritan and the schools' family resource centers - just anybody that we can think where we know that people can get it that really need it."

Last year Concerned Citizens received almost $280,000 worth of food and other supplies from Feed The Children.

"We've still got a lot of the first shipment this year left," Vick said. "We've just been giving it to other agencies. We're getting ready to get another truck in, so we're crammed full and we need to get more room for it."

The Concerned Citizens group is also running its tutoring program twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m.

"For the first half hour, we feed the kids and then they have study time for an hour."

There are currently about 16 kids and eight tutors in the program.

"We're blessed to have the most tutors that we've ever had, but we really want to get more down here," Vick said. "We would really like to get enough so that we have one tutor for every student so that they can have the one-on-one attention that they really need."

Anyone that wants to volunteer as a tutor can contact Concerned Citizens at 270-725-8721.