For eleven years, Susan Marshall has been answering a calling to feed the children.

More than 11 years ago, Susan Marshall noticed something wasn't right when she was taking two children home from a local church event.

She heard the siblings tell each other how disappointed they were that the church didn't feed them dinner that night. Marshall realized that they weren't going to get any food at home.

“It broke my heart,” she said. “I had to do something.”

After feeding the two children and their mother dinner that night, Marshall felt a calling. She knew there were more families out there who needed support and she knew there were a lot more hungry children in the local community.

So in 2003, she started the first-ever Feed the Children event in Pulaski County. Marshall said the event has grown tremendously every year.

On Saturday, more than 300 boxes of food and more than 1,000 book bags filled with school supplies were given away to local families at Feed the Children, held at the Arc. Marshall said that last year's event was a little bigger because the need was greater due to the Aug. 6 flood.

“But this year was by far the biggest when it comes to community support,” Marshall said. “We had more than 40 different agencies on site doing free giveaways.”

This year, 212 children were able to get free haircuts thanks to local hairstylists donating their time.

Marshall said that dozens of local businesses helped contribute to this event.

“It was truly a community effort and I'm so thankful for all of the help,” Marshall said.