The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has awarded MUST Ministries for the third year in a row a $ 10,000 food grant.
“As Jesus Christ taught us to love our neighbors, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with such a wonderful organization as MUST Ministries. It’s organizations like MUST that make our community stronger by nurturing, sheltering and truly loving our neighbors. MUST is an important resource for those in need and we couldn’t be happier to support their mission, ”said David Schwieger, stake presiding counselor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This grant will be used by MUST ministries throughout the year for necessary food donated by the church’s own bishops warehouse in Tucker. The Bishops’ Warehouse is part of the church’s welfare program to provide food and hygiene items to individuals and families in need. It is only funded by monetary donations from its church members called fast offerings.
“Community partnerships like this are the best part of my job,” said Gabriel Fleming, director of warehouse operations for MUST departments at the Cobb Donation Center. “I love to see the collaboration and how it all comes together to strengthen our community – our neighbors in need.”
The donated food will be used by people in need in seven counties, including Cobb and Cherokee.
“Before the pandemic, the Cobb facility alone served 33,000 residents and since the pandemic that number has grown to approximately 190,000 residents in need of services,” said Kendall Jones, Must Ministries communications officer for the Cherokee County. “The timing for this grant has been a miracle as we are on track to donate 2.5 million pounds of food to those in need this year. “