Miles King is a teen helping his Kentucky community one animal at a time. Seeing how the economy devastated families, Miles founded The Critters Cupboard to provide free pet food to people struggling financially.
"I get about 8 to 10 calls a month," the 18-year-old says about local residents reaching out to him for help. Someday, Miles says, "I would like to get the food bank as big as I can and expand to more counties."
So far, Miles has helped over 50 hungry animals. "I think it would be higher if I could get my name out there more." As a step in the right direction, the teen created a Facebook page for the food bank.
For now, Miles works alone at The Critters Cupboard, which survives on donations. Some weeks Miles will receive 4 or 5 items, but other times he won't receive any. Despite not having a staff to assist him, Miles personally delivers the animal food to peoples' homes instead of having them pick it up.
"This past flood that we had, I got to help at least 30 animals," says Miles, who hopes to pursue a career working in a veterinary office or become an EMT. "The people had nothing, but they all wanted to make sure their animals had food. They were so glad just to get animal food."
Need Miles' help or want to donate? You can reach The Critters Cupboard by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.