The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 3, 2013

Restocking shelves: Horn of Plenty spring food drive Sunday afternoon

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Food stocks are low, as the Horn of Plenty prepares for its annual spring drive.

The food drive will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Pat Brown, president of Horn of Plenty, said supplies are short and only a recent drive by First United Methodist Church has kept food on the shelves. 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 nonperishable items.

Brown said drive organizers prefer people 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.

“As always, put it on the porch and we will come and get it,” Brown said.

All of the more than 50 routes are covered, she said. There are more than 500 volunteers ready to help with route collection, sorting and stocking. Last fall, Brown said there were nearly 700 volunteers working in the drive.

“But we can always use more,” Brown said. “Some of these people have done it for years.”

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

Monetary donations also are accepted. They may be mailed to P.O. Box 5583, Enid, OK 73702 or brought to the headquarters at 121 N. 16th.

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

Horn of Plenty is an interfaith nonprofit food bank. Upon its inception in 1982, Horn of Plenty was recognized as the only food bank in the nation operated solely by community volunteers.