Leo’s Market and Eatery Donates $4000 to Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen Endowment Match
April 28, 2021 – GREENFIELD, INDIANA
Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen kicks off its Feed the Future campaign May 1, an effort to grow its financial bedrock to maintain its mission of providing hot meals to those in need. The soup kitchen currently holds an endowment of $75,000 through the Hancock County Community Foundation and aims to raise an additional $25,000 during the campaign, which ends Dec. 31, 2021.
Leo’s Market and Eatery is one of four groups or families to donate dollar-for-dollar matching funds in advance of the Feed the Future campaign, to help make sure the organization gets to its $100,000 goal.
Leo’s stepped up to support the soup kitchen because it is an integral part of the Hancock County community, said Stephanie White-Longworth, president of Leo’s Market and Eatery.
“The soup kitchen is an amazing organization that we are proud to be able to support,” she said. “The volunteers and staff who prepare those meals and care for everyone who comes through the door are a blessing to the community, and one of Leo’s Market and Eatery’s core values is to give back to the communities we operate in.”
Leo’s Market and Eatery has contributed to the soup kitchen in the past, including donations of kolaches to the kitchen’s pantry, White-Longworth said.
The soup kitchen, which opened its doors in December 2008, faced unique challenges last year through the pandemic, said director Jill Ebbert. Social distancing restrictions forced the kitchen at 202 E. Main St. in Greenfield to move to takeout only. The organization adapted, building a tent within the building to allow clients to pick up their meals in a warm area instead of standing outside through the winter months, Ebbert said.
Despite the limitations imposed by protecting clients, volunteers and staff from COVID-19, the kitchen in 2020 provided 23,491 hot meals, an 18 percent increase from 2019, Ebbert said.
And with the soup kitchen facing shortfalls from canceled events, the community stepped up in a big way, making generous donations that gave the organization its best financial year since its inception, she said.
“It was the right time to build on our endowment,” she said. “We are extremely grateful to the donors who are matching the funds, because with their help, we are hoping to surpass that $100,000 goal.”
Leo’s Market and Eatery Employees Donate $5800 to Local Nonprofits
Leo’s Market and Eatery employees donated $5800 to two local nonprofits. The employees were given the opportunity to vote on which two nonprofits they would like to have their donations (matched by parent company, Pride Investment Partners) go towards. The two nonprofits chosen were: The Landing Place and Mental Health Partners of Hancock County. Each received $2900. Read more about the donations here:
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Leo’s is Expanding!
We are excited to announce two new locations are in the works for 2021.
Leo’s Market and Eatery
Corner of Meridian and US 40
(Breaking ground – October 15, 2018)
Pride Investment Partners is excited to announce the ground breaking of a new retail concept called Leo’s Market and Eatery. The first of its kind location will be located along US 40 in Greenfield on the Northwest corner of Meridian Road. This unique concept will combine the best features of your local market and convenience store with an always fresh Eatery.
The project is the latest endeavor of Keith White & Stephanie White-Longworth, the previous principals of GasAmerica Services. The naming of the location as Leo’s is in honor of their late father Richard Leo White.
Executive Chef Matt Chappell, plans to feature freshly prepared bakery items, as well as made to order power bowls and desserts. The Eatery will offer a wide variety of options for diners in addition to many take-home meal options. Leo’s relaxed and modern atmosphere will have a dedicated space for diners inside as well as outdoor patio seating.
The large store footprint will allow plenty of room for the Market to feature fresh produce, breads, cheeses, a wide selection of beverages and ground fresh bean to cup coffee. A drive thru option servicing both the Eatery and the Market will make your visit even more convenient.
Construction will begin this month with the store opening anticipated to be in the spring of 2019.
Stephanie White-Longworth, Partner and President of Pride Investment Partners, “We are excited to bring this new concept to Greenfield. It is our goal to provide the ultimate in convenience for our customers at competitive prices in a pleasant and easy shopping environment. Leo’s Market and Eatery will allow us to offer a broad selection of fresh, delicious and healthy products alongside the basic need items of fuel, dairy, snacks and other grocery. We look forward to earning our customers business in addition to enhancing the community we live and operate in.”