Join the Moody Museum as we celebrate Governor Dan Moody’s birthday with our annual Pounds of Plenty Food drive! The Moody Museum is sponsoring the food drive benefiting Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry on June 23. Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to compete for collecting money and non-perishable food items. Boxes will be placed at numerous community locations and delivered to the Museum. This year, trophies will be presented for the most pounds of food and the most money collected…and there are always bragging rights for a whole year! We have donation boxes all over Taylor! Collection stations include: City National Bank, Liberty’s Consigned Finds, SPJST Assisted Living and SPJST Senior Living, Frills, Trouvaille, Kunisch Wellness Center, Curves, Citizens National Bank, City Auto, Southern Hospitality, Temple College, REMAX, Sweet & Southern Finds, and Scott & White Hospital.
The drive is based on an earlier tradition of stocking the pantries of newlyweds. A 1927 article told how the East Texas Chamber of Commerce held a “pounding” for the newlywed Governor Dan Moody and his bride, Mildred Paxton Moody, 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 newlywed’s pantries with pounds of food staples – a pound of rice, a pound of salt, etc.
The June event is also a celebration of Governor Dan Moody’s birthday, who was born in this Taylor home in1893. Stop by, enjoy a piece of birthday cake and tour the Moody Museum, 10:00-12:00, June 23.