On July 28th, FaithWorks' Executive Director, Jessica Corley and Director of Asylum Program, Elijah Martinez, and three food team volunteers, Cheryl and Bill Foote and Alice Reardon, were treated to a tour of the warehouse owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ & the Latter Day Saints (LDS). The team from ABQ FaithWorks had the opportunity to learn about this important Mission of the Church of Latter Day Saints from Mr. and Mrs. Pack and Mr. and Mrs.
ABQ FaithWorks has received a very generous $10,000.00 cash donation and $15,000 in food and supplies for our Food Distribution Program from the
LDS Outreach. Our Food distribution program recipients will benefit greatly from this new partnership, as they will be able to self-select items that are more culturally appropriate for themselves, receive more food and supplies than in the past, and be assured that they are receiving high quality fresh food.
In fact, we learned that the LDS produces/manufacturers and ships about 80% of their food, with factories, trucking companies and large farms scattered across the United States. Our team was very impressed with the local operations, the enormity of the process and the absolute cleanliness of the warehouse.
Many of us also learned important facts about the reason for their outreach mission and the fundamental beliefs of the Mormon people. We share a similar mission in that our ultimate goal is self-sufficiency for our families.
We are very excited about this new partnership and look forward to our first food distribution coordinated with their warehouse staff in mid August. We are so grateful for all of the faith-based partnerships we have been fortunate enough to establish in the last several months.
by Jessica Corley, Executive Director