Nov. 18, 2019 — The 19th annual Pounding to benefit Florence Food Share will be held at Grocery Outlet on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Founded and hosted by local businesswoman Cindy Wobbe, this annual food drive aims to fill the food bank’s pantries with much needed canned, boxed and frozen food items in time for the holiday season.
Started in 2001 and held the Saturday just before Thanksgiving, the Pounding is modeled after the early tradition often practiced in small communities when a new family or preacher would move to town.
“To help folks get their feet firmly planted, everyone would join together and contribute a pound of food to fill the pantry. Someone would bring a pound of flour, another a pound of sugar, and somebody else a pound of beans. When everybody chips in, we can fill those shelves pretty quickly,” said Wobbe. “Over 650 families in our community rely on Florence Food Share to keep from going hungry each month, and that need is not going to go away. This food drive has been a godsend year after year.”
Last year’s event raised a record 14,752 pounds, pushing the total Pounding donations over the last 19 years to over 120,000 pounds.
For the third year, Top Hydraulics, Inc. has announced that it will also match the total number of pounds donated.
“I’m thrilled for Food Share!” says Wobbe. “This corporate match means that for every pound we receive, Top Hydraulics will donate an additional $1. It’s a significant and generous gift and that will impact so many who are in need.”
Wobbe will be joined by local radio personality Wayne Sharpe of KCST Radio, who has conducted a live radio remote on location every year since the beginning.
Florence Grocery Outlet will mark specials throughout the store of items most desperately needed at the food bank and plans to have extra staff available during the event to help with pushing grocery carts, loading boxes of canned foods and ringing in customers at the check stands.
Grocery Outlet is located at 2066 Highway 101. The Pounding will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, and continue in the store until 2 p.m.