Cullman Caring for Kids unveils new mobile food bank

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CCK Executive Director Javon Daniel cuts the ribbon on the group’s new mobile food bank as staff and supporters look on. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. Cullman Caring for Kids on Friday unveiled its newest tool in the fight against hunger among families in need: a mobile food bank that will allow the group to take food closer to outlying communities around the county and make the food more accessible for its clients. 

Each month, the converted trailer will visit Hanceville and West Point, as well as the Crane Hill and Simcoe communities, to shorten the drive for those needing food. Its first stop will be at Hanceville City Hall next Wednesday, May 19. 

CCK Assistant Director Nancy Bryant told The Tribune, “During the pandemic, we realized there were so many people who could not get access to food. We reached out to Publix, and it was actually time for us to apply for the Publix grant. We applied for the grant, and a few months later, we found out it was approved. This grant helped us to purchase the mobile food bank and we went forward.  

“We are hoping this will help us even more by reaching out to those in need so that no one goes to bed hungry. The excitement in my heart was overwhelming. I can’t wait for us to get started because there are so many people that need the assistance right now. We look forward to helping those who are in need.” 

When fully outfitted, the trailer will be a combination food bank and office with: 

  •  Desk and office supplies 
  • Computer and printer 
  • Large cooler for meat 

Those wishing to receive food from the mobile bank will still need to complete CCK qualification for services, just as they would if coming to the main office in Cullman. Clients may choose whether to get food from the office or mobile unit, but not from both. 

Get involved 

CCK Executive Director Javon Daniel told the crowd assembled for the unveiling and ribbon-cutting that the unit is likely to stretch the organization’s food resources even thinner than they already are, so he encouraged people to contribute food or money to support both the mobile unit and main food bank. 

Food contributions can be dropped off at the CCK office, 402 Arnold St. NE, Suite W-1.  Financial donations can also be made at the office or online. Thanks to CCK’s partnership with the North Alabama Food Bank, the group can seriously stretch donated dollars, buying groceries for pennies a pound. 

To help CCK or to apply for assistance, visit https://www.cullmancaringforkids.com or call 256-739-1111. 

Daniel said, “The people in the community need our help, and they need food. The least we can do is follow God’s command to help one another. God blesses those who get the food, and those who give get an even bigger blessing. So by helping others, God will bless you!” 

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