The final numbers are in, and we are happy to report that the bread + butter project – with help from all of our friends, followers, and customers – will contribute $400 to each of our six New England food bank partners: Connecticut Food Bank, Good Shepherd Food-Bank, Greater Boston Food Bank, New Hampshire Food Bank, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and Vermont Foodbank.
The total contribution of $2,400 exceeds the commitment we made through the New England-wide expansion we announced last fall. At that time, we promised to give 50 percent of our profits from the sale of bread + butter products over a 5-month period to our partners. But profits don't come quickly to start-up businesses like ours. Most small businesses take 2-3 years to break even, and longer to start sharing their profits. But bread + butter isn’t like most businesses, and we promised to provide benefits to our nonprofit partners from the very beginning. So, when we looked at our sales results from November 2009 – March 2010, we knew we wanted to make an even bigger difference and decided to give 100 percent of our revenues to our partners. And, to get to a nice round number, we also provided each of our partners with a small gift from our family’s charitable giving account.
When we started the bread + butter project last August, our goal was to work together as a family to help hungry people, develop a sustainable business model, and find out what it takes to make a real difference. We have learned so much over the past several months, and with your help, we know that we are making a real difference for hungry people throughout the region. Thank you to all who have supported our project and encouraged us in our efforts.
Tom, Sue, Katie + Emma
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