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Tacoma stake participates in food drive

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TACOMA, Wash. — Members of the Tacoma Washington South Stake participated in a food drive in early September in which nearly 4 1/2 tons of commodities were collected and delivered to the local Emergency Food Network organization here. Stake members distributed grocery bags, along with a list of needed items, to neighbors and co-workers to fill. Some members held block parties.

"The project served to help members become better acquainted with neighbors and fellow workers while introducing them to the Church and the Church's emphasis on humanitarian service," wrote Ed Mason, community relations assistant on the stake public affairs committee. "Appreciation was expressed by the Emergency Food Network management who indicated that this was one of the largest contributions ever received from a food drive."

The Emergency Food Network receives commodities in a 20,000-square-foot warehouse from government agencies, local food distributors and food drives. The organization also has a small farm where volunteers help grow fresh produce. A good relationship has developed between the Church and the Emergency Food Network, which uses the local Church cannery to preserve some of its fresh fruit and vegetables. There are approximately 70 area food banks, hot meal outlets and shelters that depend upon the Emergency Food Network, which annually distributes more than 10 million pounds of food and commodities.