Have you ever considered the possibility what a job loss or mounting medical bills can do to a family’s income and quality of life?

Add the probability that the devastated family has children and the problem becomes much worse. Heartbreaking.

Cullman Caring for Kids thankfully operates a year-round food bank that assists local families. The organization is devoted to children’s needs, including raising awareness about abuse and providing help on stopping abuse.

The summer months, which just concluded, typically have been a slower period at the food bank. But that trend reversed this year. The demand is up. Hundreds of local families are calling on the food bank to make ends meet.

Many organizations and individuals locally have become great supporters of the food bank. Local schools work hard each year to gather money and canned goods to contribute to the food bank.

Organizations such as the Cullman Lions have adopted the food bank as a major project each year. Lions members are adamant about preventing children from going hungry in our community. The club has been the leading contributor to the food drive for several years and challenges others in the community to step forward and help with this truly local cause.

All contributions made to the food bank stay in the community for the assistance of local families.

The Cullman Times runs the annual Cares & Shares food drive, joining with schools, organizations such as the Lions and businesses and individuals to make sure the cupboards are well stocked at the food bank. The Cares & Shares food drive is the largest source of contribution to the food bank each year.

This year’s food drive will conclude Oct. 25. The goal is to raise 120,000 pounds of food. Donations made by check are valuable because each dollar equals seven pounds of food. The non-perishable food items are always welcome and can be delivered to the Times for weighing, or if it is a very large load it can be taken directly to the food bank. Just tell the folks there it is for the Cares & Shares food drive.

The Cullman area community has a great reputation for caring when neighbors are facing hard times. The economy and certain circumstance in life continue to cause heartache for many local families. Making sure that these families have adequate amounts of food as they face difficult times is a tremendous way to provide assistance.

Take time to encourage your place of business, school, organization and friends to contribute to the food drive. Bring donations to the Times anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. We look forward to working with you to make sure this food drive is successful and brings valuable assistance to local families.


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