The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full report, CLICK HERE.
From farm to table, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is increasing its efforts to provide food for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent natural disasters. New crops have been harvested on Church farms in the United States, processed at its canneries and sent to the Bishops’ Central Storehouse in Salt Lake City for national distribution.
“We’ve been incredibly blessed this year with our harvest,” said Matthew Cox, manager of agricultural production and storage for the Church’s Welfare and Self-Reliance Services Department.
In 2020, deliveries have been shipped from coast to coast to local food banks in Oregon and California following recent wildfires and to areas such as New York that were hit hard by the pandemic.
Trucks from the Church’s own transportation system, Deseret Transportation, are crisscrossing the country, hauling tens of millions of pounds of food to bishops’ storehouses and local food pantries.
“We’re seeing a lot of distribution in the Western U.S. and Canada. We’re also doing a lot in the Eastern Seaboard states where the demand was just so high, and they got hit so hard with COVID-19,” said Rick Long, welfare manager for the North America Northeast Area.
“The Lord blessed us this year with bounteous crops, and as a result, we’re able to distribute these products where they’re most needed,” Long said.
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