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May 14, 2014

Students bag food for Shepherd’s Cupboard

ENID, Okla. — Students in the Ambassadors program at Chisholm Elementary School spent part of Wednesday morning packing bags at Shepherd’s Cupboard food pantry.

The pantry, an outreach of Bethany United Methodist Church, 931 E. Maple, operates under the direction of Mike Phelan, a Chisholm bus driver.

“We hand out food to about 400 to 500 households per month,” Phelan said. “They can come the third and fourth Tuesday of the month.”

Shannon Goodwin, Chisholm Elementary School counselor, said fourth- and fifth-grade students apply for the Ambassador program each semester. Between 14 and 20 are selected, and this semester, there are 20 ambassadors.

“Our character development program we’ve adopted is ‘Rachel’s Challenge,’” Goodwin said. “The students are doing acts of kindness.”

Fourth-grade ambassadors are Kloee Jo Black, Autumn Davis, Gratilon Erakrik, Katie Freeman, Maria Gomez, Macy Lancaster, Mark McGee, Ally Meek, Bryce Patton, Colton Sullens and Madison Weidner.

Fifth-grade students are Shelby Carpenter, Maeli Champion, Hayden Davidson, Joshua Dodson, Jaedyn Haley, Kiley Lewis, Daniella Sanchez, Brinidey Willson and Carlie Yerman.

The food bank started keeping track of households served and money spent on food about 10 years ago, Phelan said.

“Since that time, we’ve spent over $250,000 on groceries,” she said.

The first time Shepherd’s Pantry ordered from Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, they ordered 10 boxes of groceries and thought that was a lot, Phelan said. Bethany is supported in the food pantry endeavor by Willow View United Methodist Church, Pepsi, Horn of Plenty and several Enid area churches.

Volunteers from throughout the region come to help on the days people come to pick up groceries at Shepherd’s Cupboard, Phelan said.

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