Shepherd’s Cupboard in Enid is one of the largest food pantries in the state of Oklahoma. It’s operated by the Bethany United Methodist Church, and has been up and running since 2000. This ministry helps many struggling families in the area every month through their services.
The pantry hands out food on the third and fourth Tuesdays of each month. This timing is especially helpful to those that receive monthly paychecks at the beginning or very end of the month. Sometimes at the end of the month the money gets tighter. This can make it difficult for those in need to buy the necessities, including food.
Each month the pantry distributes about 20,000 pounds of food and feeds around 2,000 people, helping multiple families along the way.
Donations received by this organization go to help buy the food from the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. For this reason monetary donations are just as helpful as food donations, although both are appreciated. Many of the people helped by this ministry are senior citizens, the disabled and those who no longer have the ability to work.
Like many non-profit organizations, volunteers are what keep Shepherd’s Cupboard going. While many volunteers are used for food distribution days, they also look for those willing to help on the day the food is delivered. Volunteers are needed to help unload the truck on the third Monday of each month. This is a great way to get the family together and give back to those who are less fortunate.
Take this opportunity to lend a helping hand and teach your kids the importance of volunteering. Bethany United Methodist Church is located at 931 East Maple Ave. in Enid, Oklahoma. To learn more about volunteering with this organization call the church at (580) 237-6611.