The Sumner County Food Bank has honored community volunteer Homer Bradley for his work organizing an annual motorcycle ride that has raised $103,000 to help feed local hungry families since 2011.
The 88-year-old was recognized by the food bank with a plaque and award during a banquet held at the Epic Event Centre in Gallatin on April 3. Mayor Paige Brown also proclamation the day as "Homer H. Bradley Day" in the city.
"Homer is definitely the largest contributor (to the food bank) on a local scale," Sumner County Food Bank Executive Director James Gill said. "Without his help it would be far more difficult to supply food for the entire county and there is the potential that we would have had to turn people away."
The Fall Ride for Food fundraiser has allowed the Gallatin-based nonprofit to provide 360,000 meals to those in need totaling 300,000 pounds of food.
"I feel very humbled and very undeserving," said Bradley, who was named the food bank's lifetime ambassador in October. "God has blessed me in such a way that I'm able to get out and try to help someone else."
The Cairo community native was named the 2015 Order of the Horse recipient for his years of community service work in Sumner County. He has also been recognized as the 2010 Tennessee Homes and Services' Aged State Volunteer of the Year as well as the 2012 Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
Through his dedication to helping others, Bradley sets "the finest example of how to live life to the fullest and with gratitude," said Stephanie Harville, executive director of Morningside of Gallatin.
Since 2008, Bradley has volunteered more than 15,000 hours at the assisted living facility on Hartsville Pike.
"One of the things I love most about him is that he doesn't just want to write a check, he wants to make a difference," Harville said. "He has earned the right to sit and relax at home, taking it easy, but even after a lifetime of hard farming work he is still giving back."