The Cullman Times
The annual Cullman Times Cares & Shares Food Drive is well under way for 2012.
Donations through the first few days have totaled more than 2,500 pounds of food for Cullman Caring for Kids Food Bank. The goal this year is a hefty 125,000 pounds, which needs to be met by the end of the day on Oct. 12.
Last year’s effort netted more than 108,000 pounds for the food bank, which provides assistance directly to local residents who are having a difficult time making ends meet. The Cares & Shares food drive provides enough food for Cullman Caring for Kids to help local residents for many months to come. In fact, the food drive was responsible for well over 60 percent of the food used for area residents last year.
While Cares & Shares is aimed at serving an important need for more than 500 families per month, The Times tries to add a friendly, competitive spirit to the event. This year we have added a traveling trophy for area schools. The winner, which will be based on an average of pounds of food per student, will keep the trophy until next year’s food drive.
We also recognize individuals, businesses and community organizations that give generously to the food drive.
In recent years, local industries, small businesses and organizations such as the Auburn Club and the Lions have made the food drive a phenomenal success with their contributions of canned food and money.
Checks are accepted throughout the food drive. It’s important to note that a dollar buys seven pounds of food. So, a check for $100 is worth 700 pounds of food. Or a check for $1,000 will equal 7,000 pounds.
We’re also excited this year that the Oktoberfest board and Supreme Beverages have agreed to participate in the food drive. Tickets will be sold throughout the festival for a chance to win a commemorative Samuel Adams Oktoberfest stein, all of three feet tall. The proceeds will go directly to The Times’ food drive.
The idea that area families are struggling to have enough food is heart breaking. Many of these families have children and have suffered through the Great Recession with the loss of jobs and income. The problems in the economy are far from over.
Please take a moment to join with The Times in our Cares & Shares Food Drive. Your donation will be a loving gift to local families, our neighbors, during a difficult period.