Red Door’s pancake breakfast fundraiser

Cullman Caring for Kids Assistant Director Nancy Bryant, Red Door Cafe owner Bill McCartney and Caring for Kids Executive Director Javon Daniel celebrate the success of the Red Door’s pancake breakfast fundraiser Thursday morning.

The Cullman Caring for Kids Food Bank’s shelves received some much-needed supplies this week after a blueberry pancake breakfast fundraiser by the Red Door Cafe.

The fundraiser last Saturday provided 8,964 pounds of food to the food bank, which has seen its food supplies dwindle over a busy summer of helping local families, said Cullman Caring for Kids Executive Director Javon Daniel.

“We actually have stuff on the shelves now,” he said. “We have been very, very low.”

July saw hundreds of families coming to food bank for help, and the first few days of August haven’t slowed down, Daniel said.

“In the month of July, we helped 613 families, and 107 of those were new families,” Daniel said. “Since the first of August, we have already helped 262 families in four days of being open.”

Red Door owner Bill McCartney said he saw an article in The Cullman Times about the food bank running low on food, so he decided to organize the fundraiser to help make sure local families were getting the food they need.

“We wanted to do our part,” he said. 

McCartney said the Red Door saw 158 customers during the fundraiser, which filled the cafe’s usual dining area.

“We had young people, families, the elderly, the whole gamut,” he said. “The downstairs was filled, and we even had folks eating upstairs and on the veranda.”

McCartney thanked everyone who participated in the fundraiser and all of the employees of the Red Door who helped out, as well as the Walmart on Alabama 157 and Coca-Cola for contributing to the event.

The Red Door works with Cullman Caring for Kids on a coat drive every winter, but this is the first time for the pancake fundraiser, and both McCartney and Daniel said they were looking forward to doing it again to help bring more food to the food bank.

“The food was great, the atmosphere was great, the staff was super and we had a good time,” Daniel said. 

Getting a large donation like this one is always a big help, but donations are always needed for the food bank because the food goes out nearly as fast as it comes in, Daniel said.

“It’s awesome getting the food in, but it’s going to go out,” he said. “It doesn’t get old here. The turnover is really fast.”

Daniel also made sure to thank the Red Door staff and everyone who turned out to support the food bank.

“This is what Cullman is,” he said. “It’s people with a big heart who want to help those who are in need. You couldn’t live in or have anything to do with a better community than Cullman.”

For information about Cullman Caring for Kids and its program to promote the safety and welfare of area children, call 256-739-1111.

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