(Frank and Patsy Jackson stand in their basement food storage room surrounded by cans and boxes they’ve stockpiled at their home in Leeds, Utah Feb. 10. By Jud Burkett, The Spectrum)
And, better yet, would you have to radically change what you eat? A story in USA Today by Brian Passey, a reporter for the St. George Spectrum writes about a family that actually lived on its food storage for a month, without skipping a beat–or more importantly a meal:
During a recent church meeting, Susan Sutton of Rexburg, Idaho, took up a challenge to go two weeks without buying anything from a store. She had to feed herself, her husband and her three children with only the food she had in home storage.
Sutton met the goal and then some.
“I went a whole month without going to the store,” says Sutton, a 42-year-old kindergarten teacher. “The kids had no idea. Our diet didn’t change.”
That’s pretty impressive–not going to the store for an entire month, and not changing diet or eating patterns, just living off food storage. That’s a very good goal, one we been counseled on now for years and years. How many of us could do the same?
James Goodrich, manager of LDS Welfare Square near church headquarters in Salt Lake City, says the welfare program was established for members of the church, but leaders also assist families of other faiths.
Kara Coop, director and CEO of Dixie Care and Share, a food bank and shelter in St. George, Utah, says the LDS Church’s welfare program lessens the burden on local food banks. She says organizations like hers work side by side with the church to meet the needs of the less fortunate.
Coop also says the church’s emphasis on self-reliance is a “wonderful idea.”
“It’s a good plan for anybody to have food storage,” she says.
Goodrich says those who receive welfare help are given the opportunity to repay what they are given through volunteer work. A recipient might volunteer at a church storehouse, clean a church building or even babysit for another member of the congregation.
“We don’t make a business out of it and try to match dollar for dollar,” Goodrich says. “People receive according to their needs. They work according to their ability and circumstances.”
I like that, each according to their needs–sounds familiar–take note.