Nov. 30, 2019 — As area residents looking to stock up on food for the Thanksgiving holiday began to form a line outside the Florence Food Share on Wednesday morning, Maria and Klaus Witte (right) quietly slipped in through the back to present the organization with a check for $23,410. The donation was spurred on by a record-breaking year from the annual fundraising event “The Pounding,” where locals donated food and funds to the nonprofit.
For every pound of food donated, the Wittes, who own local auto parts manufacturer Top Hydraulics, promised to donate $1.
While the Pounding was hoping to bring in 19,000 pounds of food, the event brought in a record-breaking 23,410 pounds for the food share, which Klaus and Maria were more than happy to match in dollars.
So on Wednesday, as food share volunteers busily stacking the pantry shelves before opening, the Wittes presented the check (above) to Florence Food Share Executive Director Janet Engle (right), Operations Manager Colin Morgan (behind) and Board President Judy Plumery (center) in a brief ceremony before opening.
After the presentation, Maria pointed out how quickly the food on the shelves can be depleted, and stressed the importance of the Florence Food Share for residents all year round, not just during the holidays.
The couple thanked the volunteers and the generous community for their support of the food share.
Florence Food Share employees warmly thanked the Witte’s for their continued support throughout the year, and then quickly got back to the task at hand — feeding those in need.