Nov. 21, 2018 — On Saturday, Cindy Wobbe held her 18th annual Pounding for Florence Food Share. In just a little over four hours at the Florence Grocery Outlet, community members donated 14,572 pounds of food. This record-breaking amount beats last year's 13,088 pounds, the previous record.
“I really want to emphasize that this is a grassroots, community effort — neighbors helping neighbors,” Wobbe said. “We got to that total one can, one box at a time.”
Included in the donations was items ready for Thanksgiving meals, such as frozen turkeys, canned vegetables and soup mixes. In addition, people also donated cash and other items needed by Florence Food Share, such as peanut butter, jam, rice, beans, sugar, flour, oatmeal and nonperishable food.
Much of the food was purchased at Grocery Outlet, which is now run by Brian Barnard and Lisa Fassler after Woody Woodbury retired earlier this year. People also brought items from home or elsewhere in town.
Every pound raised equaled a dollar match by donors, including Klaus and Maria Witte of Top Hydraulics. All this helps fill the pantry at Florence Food Share, which is heading into one of its busiest seasons as community members seek to provide meals to their families.
Look for other events to donate, such as at Empty Bowls at the Florence Events Center from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. For more information, visit www.florencefoodshare.org.