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Church volunteers distribute 40,000 pounds of food among Native American tribes

Ross Hugues, who serves as president of the Pocatello Idaho Tyhee Stake, and other church volunteers distribute food boxes to Native Americans representing various tribes who live on the Fort Hall Reservation and in surrounding communities in southeastern Idaho on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A truck delivered 40,000 pounds of food to a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse on the Fort Hall Reservation in southeastern Idaho this week.

It was the third of three deliveries to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, made possible through the partnership of the United States Department of Agriculture and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Missionaries and church volunteers showed up to distribute more than 1,000 boxes of food to the Native Americans of various tribes living on the reservation and in the communities of Pocatello, Chubbuck and Blackfoot. Full-time missionaries in the Farmington New Mexico Mission have also used trucks to deliver the food boxes to remote areas of the reservations in the American Southwest, according to a church Newsroom article.

Elder Todd S. Larkin, a General Authority Seventy, said these charitable efforts have come as an answer to prayers.

“The USDA Farmers to Family Food Box program was an answer to many urgent prayers as we watched the COVID-19 infection rate soar on the Navajo Nation and surrounding Native American reservations,” Elder Larkin said in the article. “Recently, we have been blessed to extend this effort into Idaho and northern Utah.”

Among the items distributed were fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, eggs, meat, hand sanitizer, wipes and masks.

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