Cullman High School students took the lead in the annual Cares & Shares food drive with nearly 16,000 pounds of food Wednesday.
The contributions from the high school included checks totaling $2,224 and 100.84 pounds of canned goods. The total contribution reached 15,668.84 pounds. The high school currently holds The Cullman Times trophy from last year’s food drive. The Times will close the food drive at 5 p.m. Friday.
Cullman High principal Dr. Elton Bouldin said students, led by the Student Government Association, embraced the mission of the food drive and embarked on their campaign with enthusiasm. The food goes to the Cullman Caring for Kids food bank, which provides assistance for some 500 local families per month.
The top homeroom contributing to the food drive was the ninth-graders of Mrs. Jennifer Calahan. Their contribution equaled to 97.22 pounds of food per student.
The top individual contributors were Reagan Short, Alaina Carlisle and Chase Slocumb. Those students will be provided an excused absence to volunteer at the food bank.
Based on information from Cullman Caring for Kids’ website, the contribution from Cullman High alone will provide food for at least one month to clients.
The food drive goal this year is 120,000 pounds of food. Last year’s effort brought in 118,000 pounds. Contributions of checks and cash or canned goods may be brought to The Times office from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday.
The food drive has currently collected nearly 40,000 pounds of food.