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Church celebrates bicentennial of restoration with 200 charitable donations

SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the gospel by delivering food to 200 pantries and charities throughout New York State.

Partnering with faith-based nonprofits and other local charities, deliveries began in the Rochester and New York area last week and will continue in the coming weeks where needed. are crying, according to a statement.

These donations are timely, said Abubakr Abdul-Latif, operations manager of Barakah Muslim Charity in Rochester.

“It’s huge, because you know that (with) COVID people are losing their jobs and not having enough money and food to support themselves for a week,” Abdul-Latif said in a statement. communicated. declaration.

Alma Omerhodzic, the financial director of the association, accepted.

“Barakah Muslim Charity operates in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the whole country,” she said. “So even before the current situation with the virus, these (were) really people who (had) great needs, and you can just imagine what COVID has done to this community.”

Benjamin Lee, director of operations for Eastern Service Workers, said the donation provided a “huge boost.”

“We couldn’t do what we do without our many partners in the community who have stepped up to help,” he said. “Ultimately, it takes an organized community to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in the community. “

Both Barakah Muslim Charity and Eastern Service Workers received 5,000 pounds of food each, which they said was the largest food donation they have ever received.

The food was produced and harvested on church-owned farms in Utah and the Intermountain West and processed at canneries in Utah. Canned and other non-perishable items shipped to New York City included green beans, mashed potato pellets, chili, salsa, macaroni, pasta and spaghetti sauce.

Dozens of Latter-day Saint volunteers from Rochester helped unload and sort tens of thousands of pounds of food ahead of distribution. Others will be in use in the coming weeks, as additional food trucks will be delivered throughout New York state.

“The Lord has blessed us this year with a bountiful harvest, and we can (use this surplus to) distribute these commodities where they are needed most,” said Richard Long, welfare officer for the region of the ‘North and Northeastern Church.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, announced the initiative in New York City last year. February.

“Religious institutions work best with each other and in collaboration with secular and governmental organizations to alleviate suffering and act preventively to strengthen families, communities and society in general,” the apostle said in this occasion.