It was supposed to be a fun contest.
Sign up for the Mainstreet Daily News morning newsletter and win $100. Easy. Spend the money on groceries, at one of the area’s newly reopened restaurants, or whatever you like. A simple win/win. We promote our newsletter and make a lucky winner smile.
What we weren’t expecting was to find a hidden hero out of it, but that’s exactly what happened.
The first winner of our $100 giveaway is an anonymous donor. Here is the response they sent to us on email:
“I gave it some thought over the long weekend, and I decided that I would like to anonymously donate the giftcard to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. I thought it would be a great opportunity for your publication to remind everyone that every dollar donated can provide up to 10 meals in our community that are so badly needed right now. Their team works incredibly hard to reach as many people as possible to provide a lifeline and eliminate food waste and I can’t think of a more worthy cause than that. Thank you again!”
Wow! Thanks anonymous donor, and we will do just that…
Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, celebrating 32 years of serving the community, is a private non-profit organization.
They collect, sort, store and distribute donated food and basic essentials to 190+ non-profit agency partners such as food pantries, churches, homeless shelters and other organizations who then distribute food in their communities to directly feed the hungry.
They work inside a five county service area – Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette and Levy. They are a Partner Distribution Organization under Feeding America. Its 20,000 square foot warehouse has 2,600 square feet of cooler and freezer capacity. Thanks to generous donors, they now have a fleet of 11 trucks and vans, and are on the road five days a week picking up donated food from generous retailers and wholesalers that in turn gets distributed back to the community.
For every $1 donated, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank can provide up to 10 meals.
To make a donation to Bread of the Mighty, go here.
And to sign up for our newsletter “Morning on Mainstreet”, go to the mainstreetdailynews.com front page and post your email address below the blue banner at the top of the page.
Then, every morning at 9am, we will send the latest headlines from local news, sports, business, arts and entertainment as well as the weather report directly to your inbox.
We hope you enjoy Mainstreet Daily News, the morning newsletter, and thanks again to YOU – anonymous donor. Your selfless act touched us all.