MUST food grant

From left: Gabriel Fleming, director of warehouse operations, Steve Madsen, second counselor in stake presidency, James Watson, President of the Marietta GA East Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, David Schwieger, first counselor in stake presidency, Camille Driscoll, first counselor in relief society presidency, Kendall Jones, MUST Ministries liaison for Cherokee County, Tiffany Bird, communication specialist.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has awarded MUST Ministries for a third year in a row a $10,000 grant in food commodities.

“As Jesus Christ taught us to love our neighbors, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with such a wonderful organization like MUST Ministries. It is organizations like MUST that make our community stronger by feeding, sheltering, and truly loving our neighbors. MUST serves as an important resource for those in need and we could not be happier to support their mission” said David Schwieger, stake presidency counselor from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This grant will be used by MUST Ministries throughout the year for needed food donated by the church’s own Bishops’ Storehouse in Tucker. The Bishops’ Storehouse is a part of the church’s welfare program to provide food and hygiene items to individuals and families in need. It is solely funded by monetary donations by its church members called fast offerings.

“Community partnerships like this is the best part of my job,” said Gabriel Fleming, MUST Ministries Director of Warehouse Operations at the Cobb Donation Center. “I love seeing the collaboration and how it all comes together to strengthen our community – our neighbors in need.”

The donated food will serve those in need in seven counties, including Cobb and Cherokee.

“Before the pandemic, the Cobb facility alone serviced 33,000 residents and since the pandemic, that number has increased to approximately 190,000 residents needing services,” said Kendall Jones, Must Ministries’ Communication Liaison for Cherokee County. “The timing of this grant has been a miracle since we are on track to give 2.5 million pounds of food to those in need this year.”

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