- Cullman, Alabama

September 29, 2013

Cares & Shares Food Drive begins at The Times

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — The annual Cullman Times Cares & Shares Food Drive gets under way Monday with the goal of providing long-term goods for the local food bank.

Last year’s Cares & Shares food drive was a tremendous success, bringing in 112,000 pounds for the food bank, which is operated by Cullman Caring for Kids. This year’s goal is 120,000 pounds, a lofty expectation but not impossible for a community that takes so much care in helping those less fortunate.

The Times will also bring back the food drive trophy for local schools. The school that raises the most pounds per student enrollment will win the trophy. Cullman High School currently holds the trophy.

Last year’s largest contributor was the Cullman Lions Club with a contribution of $9,000. Under a formula of each dollar buying seven pounds of food, the Lions’ donation accounted for 63,000 pounds. The organization has adopted the food drive as one of its major community projects as all of the contributions serve Cullman County residents in need.

The first traveling trophy for area schools was won by Cullman High School after students contributed $2,100, which translated into 14,700 pounds.

“This community is amazing. The people here always come forward when there is a need,” said Javon Daniel, director of Cullman Caring for Kids. “We’re seeing a tremendous need for assistance, which has been evident during the summer. Usually things slow down but the demand has actually risen this year and we anticipate that to continue.”

The food drive will conclude Oct. 25. Donations are preferred by checks. Canned food is also welcome. The monetary donations are used by the non-profit food bank to stock shelves for many months to come. Donations may be brought to The Times, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.