Carnival Cruise Lines awarded a free “Fun Ship” cruise to a Mobile, Ala., school teacher whose class collected the most canned food over the holidays.

Cindy Griffin, a teacher at the Belsaw/Mt. Vernon School in Mt. Vernon, Ala., was presented with a free four- or five-day cruise from Mobile on the Carnival Elation as her fourth-grade class collected 549 pounds for the Bay Area Food Bank.  All told, Mobile area schools collected more than 14,000 pounds of food which will be used to feed those less fortunate in the Mobile community.

Griffin’s fourth grade students also received a replica of a Carnival “Fun Ship” to display in their classroom which was presented during a special ceremony attended by officials from Carnival and the Bay Area Food Bank.

The food drive continues Carnival’s community service efforts in Mobile, home to the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation which carries 170,000 passengers annually from that port.