By Kent Larsen
Denver's Bishop's Storehouse Examined
DENVER, COLORADO -- Denver's regional Bishop's Storehouse was
examined in a Rocky Mountain News article yesterday. The article looked at the
center's canning and food storage facilities and looked at its participation
in community projects.
The center was dedicated in 1983 and is one of 15 throughout the U.S.
The Church pays the operating costs of the facility. Church members and
local congregations use the facilities most of the year, but the facilities
are also available to local charities and cooperatives for 60 days during
the year. One of those cooperatives is the Community Food Share of
Boulder, which has canned more than 29,000 pounds of potatoes, tomatoes,
cherries, cherry juice and applesauce, more than 40 percent of its annual
harvest. Other local charities that have benefitted from the facilities
include the Salvation Army, Inner City Parish and the Catholic Charities
The facility's canning manager, Richard Clark, says that the Church's
efforts are part of a deeply engrained ethic based on biblical
teachings. "In the Old Testament there were seven years of famine and seven
years of plenty," Clark says. "Since the 1930s, the church has said
we should each have a one year's supply of food."
And the Church's regional welfare chairman, Kenneth Thiess, adds that
in times of plenty, the center should work harder, storing food for
leaner times, "When times are good, that's the time to put food
aside," Thiess says. "Some people will always be in need."
Times of Plenty
Denver CO Rocky Mountain News 2Dec00 D1
By Jerd Smith: Denver Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer