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October 13, 2013

East Elementary kicks off food drive with large donation

CULLMAN — The annual Cullman Times Cares & Shares food drive got off to a great start last week when East Elementary School students in Cullman gathered 4,000 pounds of food.

This year’s goal is to raise 120,000 pounds of food for the Cullman Caring for Kids Food Bank. The food bank provides relief for local families throughout the year. The food drive is the largest fundraiser of the year.

“This is a great kickoff for the drive. East Elementary has always been a big contributor to the food bank and we’re greatly appreciative of what the students and staff have done,” said Javon Daniel, director of Cullman Caring for Kids.

Daniel also said East Elementary students are challenging other schools for the food drive. The Times awards a trophy to the school that contributes the most pounds per student to the food drive. Cullman High currently holds the trophy.

The Times is accepting non-perishable food items and checks for the food drive at our office at 300 Fourth Avenue SE, Cullman, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Donations made by check are a great asset for the food bank.  Each dollar donated provides seven pounds of food. Contributors have brought checks ranging from $20 to thousands of dollars for the food drive in past years.

The local food bank is caring for more than 500 families a month. Daniel said the typically slower months saw actually saw an increase in requests for assistance from local families.

All donations for the food drive are used strictly for the food bank and the benefit of local families.

The Cares & Shares food drive will conclude Oct. 25. Anyone seeking more information may contact Times Editor David Palmer at 256-734-2131, ext. 116 or email him at


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