The food bank at Cullman Caring for Kids has a long history of providing food for local families in need.

Support for the non-profit organization, which also campaigns against child abuse, comes from a wide range of individuals, businesses and organizations committed to improving the everyday life of residents who are struggling.

The Cullman County-based My Way Transportation stepped up with a generous $10,000 donation to the food bank Monday, which will translate to about 70,000 pounds of food for local families.

John Henry, safety manager at My Way, also issued a challenge on behalf of the company to other businesses to do the same.

Noting that My Way is a local company, Henry said it is important to give back to the community and do all that is possible to assist and improve the lives of those who are struggling to get by because of circumstances that cause economic hardship.

The food bank is providing for 600-650 local families per month. Cullman Caring for Kids Director Javon Daniel said the families cover a wide range of ages, and some only need assistance a few times while others are in a more difficult situation.

An increase in grandparents raising their grandchildren are the rising clients of the food bank. They are on fixed income, retired or semi-retired, and then find themselves raising children again because of problems in their families. This puts a tremendous strain on their budgets while trying to provide children with an opportunity to have a good life.

The need is throughout the year, not just at Christmas, and the food bank often runs low on vital nutritious food and items such as disposable diapers.

My Way’s management and employees came forward at a time when need is great and will continue to be so for months into the new year. Their generosity and heartfelt outreach to the community is both humbling and inspiring.

We hope many others will step up as My Way has done. The food bank is here for local families and work consistently to their part to ensure hunger is not an issue for many residents.

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