The Bishop’s Storehouse

Today, hat in hand, pride in our pockets, DH and I went to the Bishop’s Storehouse.

For anyone who doesn’t know, or isn’t familiar with our church- The Bishop’s Storehouse is part of the Church welfare system- and are direct suppliers of food to families in need, as well as storehouses for vast quantities of other food in case of natural disaster or emergency. At our local storehouse, there are three enormous grain silos out back that have enough wheat stockpiled to feed our city- not just Church members- but everyone. Chances are, there’s one in your neighborhood, too- most people don’t even notice them. The Church has them all over the country.

If your family finds itself in distress, loss of job, medical needs, or some other trial in which your finances are strained, any bishop can refer you to the Storehouse. Most people who use it are members of our church, but I have volunteered there in the past, I have seen needy folks of other faiths show up- they are never turned away. The food is considered the Lord’s food, and our only job is to see it gets to the Lord’s children who are in need.

It’s not only food- they have cleaning supplies, toiletries, laundry needs, diapers, formula, paper products and even seasonal treats. It goes far beyond basic needs. There is fresh produce of all kinds, meat, dairy, canned goods, dried goods- It’s basically a grocery store, but with no cash registers, and kind people volunteering their time. You get your cart and a volunteer takes your list and helps you gather what your family needs.

No tally is kept- and you will never be asked to repay what has been given you. The only thing that is asked is that you someday, when you are able, help someone else.

That, my friends at the county, is how it’s done. Take notes.

21 thoughts on “The Bishop’s Storehouse

  1. I’m so glad something went right. Hooray for the Bishop’s Storehouse (although I’ve always wondered why it’s called that–I’ve never seen a bishop there, have you?)

  2. It really is an amazing place to work. Back when Beanie was a baby, I cooked lunch there every Wednesday for the workers (and anyone else who was hungry- usually between 12-20 people) and it was truly a blessing to be there.

    If you have a storehouse nearby, I strongly suggest giving it a try- the Spirit there is so stong.

  3. I remember when we lived in San Diego and got food from the storehouse, my mom would bring all 5 of us and my older sister or I would check off what we got while the rest of us (okay, the youngest two probably didn’t do much) would stock the shelves. That was so much fun. I felt so cool going into the back and getting the boxes that I needed. 🙂 I was disappointed when we moved and the food was trucked to us and we just sorted the boxes by the numbers on them for the different families.

  4. Amen. The county/state/world could take a lesson from churches and charities. Give without qualifications and you will receive more back .

  5. Wouldn’t it be awesome if our government would use the Church Welfare system as model? It would solve so many problems…
    I’m glad you were able to get the help you need.

  6. Isn’t the Church awesome!? The best part? Not just helping people in this way until they can get back on their feet, but helping them TO get back on their feet.

  7. I took my Cub Scouts (now they are missionaries!!!) there for a service project. They thought they were so coll (they were right) and they really learned a lot about giving and serving. Experiences like yours help me know the church is true! (and government is the devil??)

  8. Let’s hear it for the proper way to care for each other! I am glad to read that you have volunteered there Tracy. To me, it would seem, all that much easier to accept knowing how it all works; because we all know we have to be the receiver once in a while. Another testament to the gospel of Christ.

  9. Our country would be so much better off if state welfare was like Church welfare. Attending ward welfare meetings has really opened up my eyes about that: mercy and compassion coupled with accountability. It’s the way to go. I love the Church.

  10. Yay — this makes me happy to be a part of the organization. Having been on both sides of that no-cash register, I feel this post profoundly. Aren’t the people there the nicest people on earth?

  11. You can’t begin to know how sorry I am for what your family is going through right now.

    And how much I completely understand. I’ve thrown newspapers every single night of my life for the past 5 years while my husband works 2-3 jobs and goes to school full-time. We have to really work hard hard to make it in this life. Meanwhile we see entitlements and health care dispensed freely to illegal immigrants and irresponsible people. We paid a lot of money for my Mexican-born husband to get all his papers fixed(yearly work visas) and yet we qualify for not so much as free vaccinations for our kids because we work hard and do things the right way.


  12. I know what you mean about having to go “pride in pocket”! My husband and I recently had to go to our Bishop for help and it was the hardest thing I ever had to do! But, oh, what a wonderful Bishop we have!

    Walking into the Storehouse was a wonderful experience. We were met at the door by a nice young man who was so helpful and nice to talk to. He volunteered there every Saturday and we joked about how he was going to meet his future wife there one day. Anyway, I was absolutely amazed as to how much food they could fit in those 4 small aisles. Thanks to the Church, I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to feed my kids and pay tithing. It isn’t about getting the tithe, it’s about living the principle of tithing and I will stand up for my church against anyone on this one. I am blessed, and my Heavenly Father has told me that I am Highly Favored. He never promised that life would be easy, just that it would be worth it.

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