As an LDS member from Lake Charles, LA, years ago I traveled as a youth to 'can'
peanut butter in Baytown, TX. Back then, it was sealed in aluminum cans. On a
trip to Welfare Square in 1968, we were shown 'our' peanut butter in the Bishops
Storehouse. Recently, my wife and I got to help out at the modern
facility near the Houston Temple. The smell of roasting peanuts and hot p.b.
filling the plastic bottles was awesome! This is a top quality product, said to
have a higher-percentage of peanut content than major brands. The stuff is
good, c'est si bon, mais oui.
I have one question about the partnership. The article states that Mormon grown
nuts (enter joke here) are at the facility, the Church provides the other
ingredients, but the food bank is resopnsible to "fund" the peanuts. Is the food
bank purchasing the peanuts from the Mormon Church at prevailing market rates?
Selling Church grown peanuts at market rates and donating the
processing at no charge could make a very stable and symbiotic relationship
between the two organizations. That relationship could be indefinitely
self-supporting. It provides the food bank discounts for their immediate needs,
and positions the LDS Church with infrastructure to respond to future
disaster.I would like to see many more relationships like this
established. Perhaps Mormon beef from their ranches in Florida and Oklahoma
being packaged with the "Angel Food" distribution system.