There are a good many children in Cullman City Schools who received reduced or free lunches. The qualifications for receiving this assistance is determined by family size and income as it relates to Federal Poverty Guidelines. The current guidelines for reduced or free lunches can be found here. But what happens after the last bell on Friday? Do these kids and families have enough to eat?

Knapsacks for Kids is designed to respond to that question, sending home a knapsack of food with some of kids affected by subsistence.

Some of the ways people can serve:

Monthly Shoppers – Please sign up for Knapsacks for Kids – here’s how it works in 1 easy step: Email: Melissa Betts and she will get you plugged in where we have a need.

Weekly Packers – Follow the same procedure for Monthly Shoppers above.

Food or Monetary Donations – We are always on the lookout for individual packaged items: Juice boxes, shelf stable milk, meal cups (mac and cheese, ravioli, etc), and fresh fruit. You may drop off items at the Venture Hub in the designated bins. Here is a complete list of what we are looking for:

  • Pancake mix (complete)
  • Cereal – Individual or small box of multiple servings
  • Beans and franks
  • Syrup
  • Mac and cheese cups
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Peanut Butter or Nutella (small jars only)
  • Tomato soup Jelly
  • Beef stew
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Vegetable soup
  • Cereal bars
  • Vienna sausage
  • Granola bars
  • Applesauce
  • Ravioli
  • Snack size fruit cups (in juice)
  • Spaghettio’s
  • Instant lunch cups
  • Tuna (or any other meats with pop top lids)
  • Ramen noodles
  • Beef-a-Roni, Lasagna, Spaghetti & Meatballs (cans/soups)
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Juice boxes (100% juice or flavored waters)
  • Pudding cups
  • Gatorade/Powerade (small bottles only)
  • Snack crackers (PB, cheese, etc)
  • Bottles of juice (small only)
  • Raisins or Dried fruit
  • Animal crackers
  • Presweetened Kool-Aid
  • Microwave popcorn

The GIFTS: Missions Market is a fundraising event to support church missions through the sale of unique handmade items and homemade foods.

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At Cullman First, we believe in serving others at home and across the world. Join us as we share the love of Christ through short-term missions trips.


We have discovered, though, that Loads of Love is about much more than the clothes. It’s about being a listening ear, bowing to pray and letting our friends know that we love them. We want to do what Jesus would do.