Cullman Caring for Kids food pantry dangerously low on many staple items

‘This community always comes through when there’s a need’

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CCK Executive Director Javon Daniel and food bank assistant Glenda Gregory look over the few remaining items on some of the pantry’s shelves. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Caring for Kids (CCK) on Wednesday reported to The Tribune that its food pantry’s shelves are getting dangerously close to empty, and a visit to the agency proved that the staff was not exaggerating. While stocks of produce remain good, supplies of the most common staple items like canned vegetables, dry beans and rice, canned meats and ready-to-eat pasta dishes are severely low and, in some cases, completely out.

CCK Executive Director Javon Daniel told The Tribune, “It’s been a real struggle for our dry goods, canned goods. You know, there’s a lot of emphasis been put on produce and things for the different programs that are here, but our mainstay is canned good items and dry goods: dried beans, rice, cereal, green beans, any kind of canned vegetables (or) fruit, canned meat. 

“Just the normal turnover is great, but it’s been more so in the last couple of months. For that reason, our shelves are very low.”

“We’re running around our average (number of families served) that we’ve been doing. It’s just- there’s a need, and this community always comes through when there’s a need. We’re just asking the community if they could help us out with canned goods and dry goods; we would greatly appreciate it.”

If you are headed to the grocery store and want to grab a few extra items to help out, please look for:

  • Single-serving, canned, ready-to-eat/heat-and-eat pasta dishes
  • Canned vegetables: mixed vegetables, corn, green beans
  • Cereal, especially popular children’s cereals
  • Dry goods: noodles, rice, beans
  • Canned soup

 

Donations can be dropped off at CCK’s office in Cullman, 402 Arnold St. NE, Suite W-1. Monetary donations are also welcome. For more information or to make arrangements to drop off items, visit www.cullmancaringforkids.com or call 256-739-1111.

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