Pounds of Plenty

The Solomon Masonic Lodge was recognized for its contributions to the Pounds of Plenty food drive at the Moody Museum. At the presentation were (from left) Michael Hollingsworth, Cissie Pierce, Joe Burgess, Robert Brauer and Paul Pennington. Courtesy photo

On Aug. 8, three representatives of the Moody Museum, Cissie Pierce, Joe Burgess and Paul Pennington presented Solomon Masonic Lodge with two awards for their efforts in the Annual Pounds of Plenty food drive benefiting Shepard's Heart Food Pantry.

This year Solomon Masonic Lodge had the largest donation of nonperishable goods at just over 700 pounds, and they also made the largest monetary donation of $300.

Michael Hollingsworth led the program at Solomon Masonic Lodge this year. Not only did Hollingsworth coordinate with Lodge members to help collect donations before the day of the event, he also put together a team of Masons to help with day of collections at the Moody Museum.

After the collections were received at the museum the Masons followed the Shepard's Heart truck to their location and helped unload all of the donations collected through the museum’s efforts. This is the second year the Solomon Masonic Lodge has partnered with the Moody Museum on this project.

The Moody Museum’s Pounds of Plenty food drive was held Saturday, June 22, to benefit Taylor’s Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry. Members of the Moody Museum Advisory Board and the Friends of the Moody Museum served birthday cake and lemonade and gave tours of the museum.

This was the sixth annual Pounds of Plenty food drive hosted by the museum. It grew out of a newspaper article from 1927 that told how the East Texas Chamber of Commerce held a pounding for the newlywed Gov. Dan Moody and his bride when they moved into the Governor’s Mansion. A pounding was a common practice in the late 1800s and early 1900s as friends and family stocked the pantry of newlyweds with pounds of food staples.

To commemorate Gov. Moody’s June birthday the museum board decided that a pounding would be an appropriate event with the local food pantry the beneficiary. The pantry provides food for more than 1,000 families each month.

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