By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
The Cullman County Kiwanis Club has been donating food baskets to area families for 50 years at Christmas time, though the closure of a long-running local business forced them to relocate this year. But, despite the change of venue, the program is still shipping out just as much food as ever.
Event coordinator Jack Ray said he’s been heading up the outing for the last 25 years and in his time, they’ve always partnered with Food World. Since the grocery store recently closed, the 34 members met at Piggy Wiggly to put the boxes together.
“We always appreciated what Food World did for this event and now we really want to thank Piggly Wiggly; They have been great helping with get these boxes together,” Ray said. “We have a food item from each department and the boxes are valued around $100 a piece.”
Ray said the Kiwanis Club members came to Piggly Wiggly early Tuesday morning to pick up the food crates, which will be donated to area families this Christmas season.
“It’s something we enjoy doing and want to continue to do,” Ray said. “We really appreciate all the good people here to help get it together and make it happen. We’re thankful for this community.”
A Piggly Wiggly store manager said the grocery store donated ham, apples, bacon, a dozen eggs, butter, cake mix, pies, cool whip, canned fruit, oranges, flour, sugar, loaf bread, marshmallows, vegetables, juice, and other items for each box.
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