SHREWSBURY, Mass. (PRWEB) September 23, 2020
On September 18, after a 2,295-mile drive from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, a big 53-foot semi truck arrived at the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The truck contained over 40,000 pounds of food as a humanitarian donation from the Church to the Worcester County Food Bank, which supports some 115 distribution partners in Worcester County who provide meals for needy individuals and families.
The food is not from a wealthy donor, but rather from the donations of millions of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the world. Their donations are then used to support Church-owned farms, ranches, and factories that grow and process 90% of the food which was on the truck, with the helping hands of member volunteers.
President David Holland, president of the Worcester Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has congregations in Worcester, Oxford, Gardner, Acton, and Littleton, notes that, “We are profoundly grateful that we could arrange for this donation of food to the Worcester County Food Bank. The Food Bank provides an indispensable service to the communities in and around Worcester through food pantries and other organizations. It’s an honor to help support this essential work and we have appreciated our opportunities to join together with the Food Bank in addressing the needs of families and individuals in our area. We deeply value this partnership.”
“Worcester County Food Bank is inspired and encouraged by the community’s outpouring of support for our mission and their neighbors struggling with food insecurity at this challenging time of the pandemic,” said Jean G. McMurray, chief executive officer. “Together with our network of food pantries and community meal programs, we are providing help and hope in a time of uncertainty.”
This food donation to the Worcester County Food Bank comes via the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose purpose is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for service. Following the admonition of Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the sick and afflicted, the humanitarian arm of the Church sponsors relief and development projects in 195 countries and territories and gives assistance without regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality. More than one million workdays of labor are contributed each year by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives.