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
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.
Location: West End Laundromat, across from Johnny’s BBQ

Time: 1st Saturday of every month, from 8am – 12pm, last load at 11am

What we do…
1. Give people a financial break by paying to wash their clothes
2. Make relationships
3. Show them the love of Jesus through our actions

How we do it…
1. We pay for their laundry
2. We play with their kids
3. We provide a snack

How you can help…
1. Volunteer!!!
2. Provide funds, snacks, or laundry soap pods
3. Prayer

Contact Lacie Widner at  or 256-708-2474, if you would like to participate in any capacity.


Often times, our heart strings are pulled when we see the commercials for providing aid to children in third world countries. The children who are living in poverty, malnourished and struggling. But how often do we stop to ask ourselves Are there struggling children in my community? In my neighborhood?

The answer is YES.

In the state of Alabama, there are NO counties that do not have families living in poverty.  Statistics provided by state there are 4,783 children in Cullman County who experience food insecurity at some point throughout the month. Cullman First United Methodist Church of has partnered with other local churches to form community Halos of Help.