ELB Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints Delivers 80,000 Pounds Of Food To Local Food Banks, Non-Profits, Neighborhood Groups
|(June 23, 2021) -- Two large delivery trucks filled with 80,000 pounds of food arrived at the ELB Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints parking lot at 6500 E. Atherton St. and at midmorning June 22 dozens of volunteers unloaded the boxed food for delivery to roughly twenty local food banks, non-profits, neighborhood groups and other churches.
The LDS church said it's the second time this year that its volunteers leveraged tithes and offerings during the pandemic to purchase the food to help feed the hungry in Long Beach, working with more than two dozen different food banks, nonprofits, neighborhood associations.
Lifetime church member and Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud was among those present didn't show-up gussied-up for a photo-op; with others, she showed up to work...and there was plenty to do.
The church said one truckload feeds an estimated 1,400 people for a week. Some boxes of foods were offloaded by a forklift; the rest by hand by volunteers, who then fanned out in small pick-ups and individual vehicles to make their deliveries.
Local church leader Mark Mortensen said in an LDS release: "We sometimes are too focused on differences and not focused enough on similarities and the things we hold in common, which is really a brotherhood and sisterhood, a recognition that we are all part of the family of God...We are on the same team and our duty is to love one another."
Among those receiving the food was Lutheran Social Services Southern California and said it was humbled by the volunteers' work and the LDS church's generosity. Temple Baptist Church of Long Beach Pastor Torie H. Russell said he, too, is grateful for the partnership, adding it's his daily goal to defray the cost of living. "Folks are struggling to make it through," he said in the release.
Long Beach East Stake President Nate Fernley said the LDS' churches goal is "to help those around us and uplift...I know itís because we try to follow the example of the Savior, and I am so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ in our lives."
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