Bringing out the best: Cullman City Schools donates perishable foods to The Link of Cullman County

Items distributed to multiple community agencies

Staff from The Link of Cullman County with just a few of the many food items received from Cullman City Schools. Left to right are Amber McLaughlin, Carrie Woods, Link Director Julie Hall and Audrey Moore. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman City Schools on Tuesday donated many of its perishable food items, which would have gone to waste in the extended school break due to COVID-19, to The Link of Cullman County, which, in turn, distributed the food to nine other community agencies.

The Link’s newest staffer, Prosperity Fund Coordinator Melissa Betts, described a packed morning schedule staffed with volunteers from all over. Starting at 6:45 a.m., Pastor Heath Tinker of Kingdom Life Church in Simcoe took a CoolBot trailer loaned by the North Alabama Agriplex, and, with Link staff and volunteers, visited all five city schools and worked with their child nutrition staff. Desperation Church, First United Methodist Church’s Knapsacks for Kids and Welti Cumberland Presbyterian Church sent teams of volunteers to aid Link staff in picking up, sorting and delivering the food.

By the time they were all done, four trailer loads of food had been picked up and distributed to:

  • The Bulldog Pantry in Hanceville
  • Hispanic Ministry of First United Methodist Church
  • Parkside Outreach
  • Carpenter’s Cabinet (all three locations- Falkville, Holly Pond and Colony)
  • Cullman Church of Christ (for their drive-thru lunch)
  • The Caring Center
  • The Little Pantry
  • The Crossing
  • Master’s Hand Food Pantry

Link Director Julie Hall said, “What a great opportunity it was for us to be the hub and center for distribution of that food!”

Link Lead Encourager Paige Williams told The Tribune, “Because of a generous donation from Cullman City Schools of their perishable goods, The Link of Cullman County was able to share food resources with multiple community partners. We can better serve our community when we work together, so we are thankful for Cullman City Schools and their efforts to put their food that would be unused into the hands of those who need these resources the most.”

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W.C. Mann