Donation goes to address food security

Klaus & Maria Witte donate $25,000 to Florence Food Share

Jan. 22, 2022 — On Thursday, Florence Food Share Executive Director Colin Morgan accepted a $25,000 check from Klaus and Maria Witte, owners of Top Hydraulics.

The check was the result of a fundraiser in November, Cindy Wobbe’s annual Pounding for Florence Food Share.

Klaus and Maria became the dollar-per-pound sponsor of the Pounding back in 2017 and have supported the event and contributed monthly ever since. 

“Everyone at Florence Food Share is grateful to Klaus and Maria’s continued support and to Cindy Wobbe for holding the Pounding for 21 years,” said Morgan. “It makes a massive impact in the lives of so many hard-working people in our community.” 

Florence Food Share has seen an uptick in usage from previous years’ first months. Typically, January is a slower month in the Florence Food Share pantry, but not this year. 

“With seemingly more uncertainty, the pantry has remained ever so busy,” Morgan said. “The need doesn’t end at the holidays. Our community is still recovering from the economic hardships brought on by the pandemic, and I fear things will get worse before they get better.” 

Klaus and Maria affirmed their commitment to fighting food insecurity in western Lane County. “One of the best ways to help fight hunger is through continued monthly giving,” said Maria, with Klaus adding, “Monthly contributions of $10, $20 or $30 adds up quick and provides and reliable source of income for nonprofits.” 

If people want to help fight food insecurity in the community, they can stop by Florence Food Share at 2190 Spruce St., next to the Lutheran Church behind Grocery Outlet, call 541-997-9110 or go to