The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 3, 2012

Horn of Plenty shelves empty

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The shelves are empty at Horn of Plenty, and the annual fall food drive will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Pat Brown, president of Horn of Plenty said they prefer people to bag their donations and place them on their front porches to make it easier for collection. Horn of Plenty has been providing food to Enid nonprofit organizations for 30 years.

“The biggest demand is for baby food, cereal, peanut butter, jelly and tuna,” she said. “Those are the items we end up purchasing.”

There are more than 50 routes to be covered Sunday, and Horn of Plenty depends on volunteers to work the collections at Horn of Plenty, 121 N. 16th. She said they will have between 500 and 750 volunteers during the day working both collections and at Horn of Plenty. There still are two routes open, and if anyone is interested in volunteering they should call 234-6612.

“Monetary donations are always accepted,” she said.

Brown said all of the donations made to Horn of Plenty go into the mission of feeding the hungry in Enid, there is no paid staff.

“Some of these people have done it for years,” she said.

Horn of Plenty is an interfaith nonprofit food bank that provides food items to other organizations in the Enid community and surrounding towns. The organization does not distribute food directly to individual families. It is an independent corporation and not affiliated with national food banks.

Upon its inception in 1982, Horn of Plenty was recognized as the only food bank in the nation operated solely by community volunteers. Horn of Plenty never has paid any salaries, nor charged any fees for food given to its member churches or agencies.

 Horn of Plenty serves 17 local agencies: Abundant Life Ministries, Department of Human Services, Drummond Pantry, Garriott Road Church of Christ, Head Start, Hope Outreach, Inner City Ministries, Living Word Fellowship, North Garland Church of Christ, Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, Salvation Army, Sandra Beasley Independent Living Center, Shepherd’s Cupboard-Bethany United Methodist Church, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, University Place Christian Church, YWCA and Zoe Bible Church.