The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 7, 2013

Horn of Plenty conducts spring food drive

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — For the first time in several years, there were enough volunteers to cover every route in the spring food drive for Horn of Plenty.

The organization’s headquarters at 121 N. 16th looked like the center of a convention Sunday afternoon as people hurried from one spot to another, unloading heavy sacks of food from pickups and cars. Board President Pat Brown said she thought there were more volunteers than last year.

As volunteers unloaded one vehicle after another, longtime volunteer and board member Richard Eck said another rush of people usually came 30 minutes later.

“We have 15 or 16 routes still out, and I think collections are up a little bit,” Eck said.

Brown said Horn of Plenty receives a lot of help from the number of churches, civic groups and families who come out each year to help it. She said there were more volunteers working at the headquarters this year than she has seen before.

The quality of food also was good, Eck said.

When the Horn of Plenty is completely full, it will hold about 150,000 to 165,000 items.

“We were empty,” Eck said.

A recent drive by First United Methodist Church put food on the shelves, but the 40 to 50 people helping unload and stock food were busy all afternoon.

Anyone who is missed by volunteers collecting food should call 234-6612 and leave a message, and their items will be collected. Donations by check also can be mailed to P.O. Box 5583, Enid, Brown said. Two people were active Sunday afternoon collecting food at residences which they felt were missed.

“We have such a variety of people who volunteer — churches, civic organizations, families who come out. But we will always take more volunteers,” Brown said.

As usual, Horn of Plenty needs tuna, peanut butter and jelly, which always are in demand. The food pantry also needs cereal, baby food and any non-perishable items.

There are two new member agencies this year: Zion Lutheran Church in Lahoma and Loaves and Fishes have joined the 10 other agencies. Organizations served by Horn of Plenty are Abundant Life Family Center, First Presbyterian Church Saturday Manna, Garriott Road Church of Christ, Inner City Ministries, Living Word Church, North Garland Church of Christ, Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist, Salvation Army, Sandra Beasley Living Center and Shepherd’s Cupboard.

Those agencies collect food from Horn of Plenty and distributed it to those who need it in the community. Horn of Plenty does not make individual distributions.

“There’s never been a decrease in need. It always goes up. This year, we helped the Vance employees whose checks were held up,” Brown said.