Food drive – with lots of ‘moxie’ – this Sunday on Yukon’s Main Street

‘No questions asked’ food cupboard invites public to annual celebration

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Jacob Selby

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A food drive this Sunday will highlight the mission of a late Yukon resident who endeavored to help feed others – no questions asked.

Jacob’s Cupboard will present the 11th annual “Jacob’s Moxie Drive” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at West Metro Church, 601 W Main. The celebratory event will feature a food collection drive and live music by local artists.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food and donations for Jacob’s Cupboard, a local food pantry started Yukon’s Bart and Shelli Selby in honor of their late son Jacob.

Shelli Selby

“People can drive up and drop off their donations if they want,” Shelli Selby said. “Or they can get out of their vehicles to enjoy the live entertainment, cake and cookies.”

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.

The founding date – Sept. 13, 2010 – was the first birthday after Jacob’s death.

Jacob Selby, a 2004 Yukon High School graduate, would be celebrating his 34th birthday.

Anyone who needs help is invited to Sunday’s Moxie Drive where they will receive food.

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HE WAS ‘GUTSY’

Moxie means “gutsy” – and his mother explained Jacob truly was “gusty”.

“As a child, Jacob was in a Stage Door play in which one of the lines the father says was, ‘You’ve got a lot of moxie, kid’. That line always stuck with him.”

Jacob would literally give homeless people the “shirt off his back” – and money – while he was working at a downtown Oklahoma City law office.

“He would always say, ‘God tells us to give’,” Shelli Selby shared. “’How others decide to use those gifts is between them and God’.”

Jacob’s Cupboard, housed inside West Metro Church on Route 66 in Yukon, serves people across Canadian County.

The local pantry receives no government funding so events like the Moxie Drive are critical.

“We rely solely on contributions so everything we get is from people donating,” Selby said.

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 don’t ask people to fill out forms; we don’t even need to know their name.”

Jacob’s Cupboard does not have regular hours but is open whenever the hungry need nourishment.

People seeking help should contact them through their Facebook page or by texting (405) 684-1381.

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