Mormon church to increase food donations to charities

FILE PHOTO - People walk pass the Salt Lake Temple on the way to the Conference Center during opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The president of the Mormon church says worldwide membership has hit 15 million, representing a three-fold increase over the three decades. President Thomas S. Monson announced the milestone during the opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday morning. The biannual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints brings 100,000 members to Salt Lake City. More than half of church members live outside of the United States. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is planning to increase food donations to community charities by more than 20 million pounds (9 million kilograms) annually over the next several years.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the changes to its welfare operations in a Thursday statement.

President Bishop Gerald Causse says in the statement that beginning next year, the church will convert a portion of its raw wheat supplies into finished goods and make them available for storehouses and pantries through the country.

The church’s online store already sells items such as fruit, vegetables, beans, rice and non-fat dried milk.

New products that will be made through the raw wheat production include pasta, pancake mix, flour and other finished goods.

People do not need to be members of the church to purchase items.

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