- Cullman, Alabama

September 25, 2012

Food Drive: Lend a helping hand

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — The annual Cullman Times Cares & Shares Food Drive is under way for 2012.

Starting a bit earlier than past years, the effort this time around will continue until Oct. 12. After record contributions from the community in 2011, this year’s goal is set at 125,000 pounds. That’s a lofty goal, but every pound of food is needed and will be used to help local families.

The food and monetary donations turned in for the drive go to Cullman Caring For Kids, which for years has successfully operated a food bank to help take care of local families that are struggling because of economic conditions.

Some 500 families per month visit the food bank for assistance. Some are elderly residents with limited incomes, but Cullman Caring For Kids director Javon Daniel said he is seeing an increase of single-parent families needing food.

Many people are seeing a slow, but hopeful economic trend  emerging in many parts of Alabama. Unfortunately, a full recovery is not in sight. The toll of the recession has taken away jobs and in many cases reduced the income of the breadwinners in families. Finding lesser-paying jobs has been a common side effect of the Great Recession.

Much of Cullman County has held together well during these lean times, which has allowed community assistance efforts to continue with great compassion in recent years.

The Cares & Shares Food Drive is an opportunity to make a big difference for those less fortunate in our community. The food collected in this drive goes a long way in keeping families fed for many months to come.

Remember, too, that a $1 donation buys seven pounds of food. Donations came in last year ranging from a dollars to thousands of dollars to result in 108,000 pounds for the food bank.

The need remains steady at the food bank. Please take the time to write a check or bring canned goods for the food drive. Many good neighbors in our community need a helping hand.