Tuesday evening, June 18, the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities partnered with Feed The Children and Indian Trail, N.C.-based non-profit Common Heart to distribute non-perishable food and products to 800 families in Union County.

Each family received a 25-pound box of food and a separate box of personal care items distributed by local volunteers from all three organizations. Each food box will feed a family of four for a week. 

Common Heart, an organization involving over 500 volunteers from 50 local churches that promotes personal action to address hunger and poverty, assisted in finding families in need in Union County for the food distribution.

"Like us, Common Heart works to have a positive impact on children and they have a passion for servicing local communities," said Lisa Starnes, director of the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a non-profit whose mission is to help children in educational, financial, social and medical need.

"We picked a June distribution because public schools are out for summer and many will children no longer receive school lunch assistance. We felt the need would be greater for families during this time of year."

This food distribution is part of a larger partnership with Feed The Children and the eight chapters of Speedway Children's Charities. This year, Speedway Children's Charities and Feed The Children will deliver 25 tractor trailers full of food and supplies around the country in communities surrounding Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

By year's end, Feed the Children distributions in partnership with Speedway Children's Charities will benefit 10,000 families.

For more information on the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities and how you can help children in need, visit www.charlotte.speedwaycharities.org.