CullmanTimes.com - Cullman, Alabama

October 16, 2012

Food drive a great success


The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Another great Cares & Shares food drive has drawn to a close, showing the community’s tremendous concern for those in need of a helping hand.

By Friday, The Cullman Times had collected 112,000 pounds of food through donations from individuals, civic organizations, local government employees and schools. The donations came in the form of heavy bags of non-perishable food items and checks ranging from $20 to the record-setting Cullman Lions Club contribution of $9,000.

Each dollar buys seven pounds of food, so in the case of the Lions 63,000 pounds was contributed.

And the very first traveling trophy for area schools was won by Cullman High School, which contributed $2,100, which translates into 14,700 pounds.

After a busy day in law enforcement, Sheriff Mike Rainey pledged $1,000 to the food drive Friday.

Throughout Friday, donations came in steadily to The Times. Donations of various sizes eventually brought about another successful food drive. Last year’s total of 108,000 pounds has been topped, and more may be added when the results of the Oktoberfest Board’s selling of chances on a decorative stein are totaled.

The food drive has evolved into a communitywide effort. We hope that the food drive continues to grow to meet the demands that are placed on the food bank.

The important point in this food drive is that area residents respond so generously when others are in need.

A great need has been met with this food drive. The food bank at Cullman Caring for Kids will be stocked for many months to come. We than everyone for their efforts. Many of our neighbors will benefit in the days to come from your generosity.