By Conrad Dudderar
Ten years after his death, a Yukon resident who endeavored to help feed others – no questions asked – is being remembered.
Jacob’s Cupboard will present the 10th annual “Jacob’s Moxie Drive” from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at Vacca Territory Creamery & Coffeehouse, 10 W Main – suite 120. The celebratory event will feature live music from local artists along with a food collection drive to help feed the hungry.
Jacob’s Cupboard and Jacob’s Moxie Drive honors Jacob Selby, late son of Yukon City Council Member Shelli Selby.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my son, and I want to keep his memory alive,” Mrs. Selby said. “This is not about his death, but about the life he lived. Jacob had such a loving, giving heart. I think he would be proud.”
Attendees of the Feb. 23rd celebration are asked to bring non-perishable food and donations for Jacob’s Cupboard, a local food pantry started 10 years ago.
The mission of Jacob’s Cupboard is to “nourish souls one bite at a time” and provide food to people who need it.
“We’re a ‘no-questions-asked’ food pantry,” Selby said. “How they use the food is between them and God.”
Anyone who needs help is invited to the 10th Jacob’s Moxie Drive where they will receive food, Selby added.
“Moxie means ‘gutsy’ and Jacob truly was a gutsy kid,” his mother said. “We call it the ‘Moxie Drive’ because it’s a celebration of when he went to heaven.
“Jacob lived life to the fullest and lived life ‘outside the box’.”
Jacob’s Cupboard is housed inside West Metro Community Church, 601 W Main.
Vacca Territory Creamery & Coffeehouse at 10 W Main is an ideal venue providing a “relaxed atmosphere” for the Feb. 23rd Jacob’s Moxie Drive, according to Selby.
“We’ll have several musical artists and bands – a mix of country, rock and Christian,” she said.
Jacob’s Cupboard receives no government funding, so fund-raisers and public support are critical.
The local food pantry serves people in Yukon and Mustang.
“We rely solely on contributions so everything we get is from people donating,” Selby said. “The reason we don’t take government funding is we don’t want to follow those guidelines.
“We don’t ask people to fill out forms; we don’t even need to know their name.”
Oftentimes people who seek food make too much money according to federal guidelines, she added.
“We want to help the ‘working poor’,” Selby said. “That is a lot of who we serve. We also people who may have had a medical emergency and just need food.”
Jacob’s Cupboard does not have regular hours but people seeking help may contact them through the Jacob’s Cupboard Facebook page.