Wednesday, Nov. 15 — The 18th annual “Pounding” to benefit Florence Food Share will be held at Grocery Outlet on Saturday, Nov.18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.
Starting in 2000 and always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Wobbe matched the public’s donations pound for pound, resulting in more than 80,000 pounds of donations over a 15-year span, until she sold her restaurant.
In 2015, an anonymous donor stepped in to continue the sponsorship, matching pounds with dollars.
“I’ve never asked who it is,” Wobbe said. “I’m just deeply grateful that someone stepped in to help. Over 600 families in our community rely on Food Share to keep from going hungry each month and this food drive has been a godsend year after year.”
This is the third Pounding this same anonymous donor has offered to match the total poundage with funds.
An additional sponsor, Top Hydraulics, has just announced that it will also match the total number of pounds donated.
“I’m thrilled for Food Share!” Wobbe said. “Food Share is facing a crisis right now. Donations of food and money are at a critical low, and the need for services continues to rise. This means that for every pound we receive at the Pounding, Food Share will receive a match of $2. What a wonderful and timely gift.”
Wobbe will be joined by local radio personality Wayne Sharpe of KCST Radio, who has conducted a live radio remote broadcast on location every year since the beginning.
Grocery Outlet owner/operator Woody Woodbury 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.
Last year’s event raised a record 11,111 pounds of food, and both Wobbe and Woodbury expect an even larger turnout due to two recent feature stories in the Siuslaw News highlighting Food Share’s immediate crises.
Grocery Outlet is located at 2066 Highway 101.