Last year the Feed My Sheep Bake Sale was a resounding success. A single cake was sold for more than $1,000, and organizers raised about $25,000 for local food pantries. This year a cake sold for more than $4,000 and even state representatives got in on the fun.
The second annual Feed My Sheep Bake Sale brought out a crowd on Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Desloge. Organized by Jack and Elizabeth Poston, Feed My Sheep gathers members from the community to bake, create, donate, auction and purchase a litany of items, gift baskets and baked goods.
Additionally, there is a silent auction featuring items such as art, St. Louis Cardinals tickets and gift baskets.
The crowd circled around for the live auction of pastors' cakes, one of the main events. Seventeen pastors donated cakes, many of them with religious themes or imagery.
Jack Poston began by thanking Alice Johnson and Chris Landrum, who helped organize a similar event, Help the Hungry Bake Sale, held in Farmington each year. “They guided us and made suggestions,” he said.
Among the guests helping to show off the cakes to the audience were state representatives Mike Henderson and Dale Wright.
Poston would introduce the pastor donating the cake, and then begin the bidding at $25. Most of the cakes sold for more than $100, and the total sales were calculated to be $14,094. This is nearly double the amount of the first Feed My Sheep fundraiser.
Much of the money to buy the cakes were funds raised by churches over the last few months.
Last year the winning, Pastor Eddie Bone, sold his cake for $1,000. This year his cake — a five-layer “Rainbow Spring Easter Cake” which displayed a recently vacated chocolate tomb — went for $2,081, ranking in third place.
The second place cake was donated by Pastor David Wyant from the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bonne Terre, and sold for $2,400.
The first place cake, a green vertically-layered diorama that featured a young shepherd girl, flowers and sheep, sold for $4,259. All of the artwork on the cake were edible and handcrafted. It was presented by Pati Robertson on behalf of her two churches, The United Methodist Church of Esther and Desloge. She said that she would split the cake in two and share it with her congregations on Sunday.
“We’re very excited,” Poston said. “We are so appreciative of the community, the churches, the people, businesses and everything they did to make it a success.”
The total raised during the event was not available at press time.
The beneficiaries are Bismarck Church of God Food Pantry, St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry in Bonne Terre, Elvins Food Pantry, House of Praise Food Pantry and Immaculate Conceptions.
East Missouri Action Agency calculated how the proceedings will be divided to each food pantry based on how many people they serve.
Elizabeth Poston estimated there were nearly 100 volunteers helping with the event this year.