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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 Emergency Services.

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


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