Jacob’s Cupboard to host 10th birthday bash

Food drive, live music, cookies highlight Sunday’s annual celebration

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Jacob Selby

By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer

A food drive, live music and birthday cookies will highlight an outdoor celebration for Yukon’s “no questions asked” food cupboard.

Jacob’s Cupboard will celebrate the life of the late Jacob Selby during a 10th annual birthday celebration set 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 outside West Metro Community Church at Sixth and Main.

“We find comfort in knowing that for 10 years, we’ve helped to serve our community so that no one goes hungry,” said founder Shelli Selby, Jacob’s mother.

The mission of Jacob’s Cupboard is to “nourish souls one bite at a time” and provide food to people who need it without any questions asked.

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Non-perishable food donations are welcome at Sunday afternoon’s benefit.

“This year, with COVID, we’re doing it a lot different,” Selby said. “It will be outdoors with live music and social distancing. People can drop off food contact-less, so they can just pull up and we’ll take it from their trunk. Or they can park and bring it in themselves.
“And if you need food, come get food.”

The entertainment will be provided by the ‘90s cover country band Southern Accent, soloist Eric Taylor and more.

Attendees at Sunday’s celebration will enjoy individually packaged cookies (instead of traditional birthday cake) and bottled water.

“We realize it’s going to be different because of COVID,” said Selby, Yukon’s mayor. “There was thought of not having it, but how can you not celebrate your child’s birthday?”

Jacob’s Cupboard was started 10 years ago after the death of Jacob Selby, son of Shelli and Bart Selby. The founding date – Sept. 13, 2010 – was the first birthday after Jacob’s death.

The non-profit Jacob’s Cupboard, housed inside West Metro Church at 601 W Main, helps the working poor.

The food pantry does not accept federal funding and depends entirely on donations.

“We don’t ask people to fill out forms,” Selby said. “We don’t even need to know their name.

“How they use the food is between them and God.”

Learn more about Jacob’s Cupboard by visiting their Facebook page.