The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sends food shipments to the Day to Serve areas

This month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  (The LDS/Mormon Church) Humanitarian Department will donate four semi truckloads of food toward the Day to Serve initiative, that’s 165,000 pounds of food with an estimated value of $185,000!

The Governors of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the Mayor’s office selected the recipients of the food.  This donation is the fourth annual donation to the region, and recognizes the great need to fight hunger in our area.  Almost one in five people in the region go to bed hungry.  This also “kicks off” Day to Serve, a regional effort to gather people from all faiths, educational backgrounds, ages, and all political persuasions to serve with one another in our local communities.

Six food organizations will benefit from these donations. The organizations include The Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C.; the Food Bank of Southeast Virginia located in Norfolk, Feed America Southwest Virginia in Salem, the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore, the Huntington Food Bank in Huntington, West Virginia, and the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, West Virginia.

The trucks will be stocked in Salt Lake City, Utah at Welfare Square and will arrive during the Day to Serve time frame of September 11 through October 10.  The food banks are very grateful for the donations and particularly appreciate the high quality of supplies that are provided.  All donated goods are also grown, produced, canned and/or packaged by the LDS Church’s Humanitarian organization.

Please join the 50,000 neighbors who participated in Day to Serve last year.  Look for ways to serve or start your own service event on