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By Kent Larsen

LDS Group Taking Canneries To The World

POCATELLO, IDAHO -- A group of LDS Church members in Pocatello, Idaho have found a way to use discarded Church resources to help others around the world. Mel Farmer, director of the Church's Bishop's Storehouse in Pocatello formed the charity World Wide Canneries, Inc., to purchase cannery equipment from the LDS canneries being closed and provide that equipment to groups in foreign countries.

The LDS Church recently decided to shut down 40 to 50 small canneries throughout the U.S., focusing instead on larger, regional facilities. Farmer learned that the equipment would be sold for scrap and thought it might be useful elsewhere. Although the equipment was too small for used in the U.S., Farmer realized it could be used in foreign countries.

The LDS Church has agreed to sell the equipment to World Wide Canneries for 2% of its cost, and the charity recently set up its first cannery in Mongolia. The $3,000 cost to ship the equipment to Mongolia was paid by American Cooperative Development International (ACDI) and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (VOCA), and Farmer traveled to Mongolia to help a farmer's cooperative set up the equipment.

Farmer will retire in about a year, and plans to devote his time to the 20 or 30 additional canneries that the group wants to purchase and distribute around the world.


Pocatellans bring cannery to Mongolia
MSNBC (Pocatello ID Journal) 4Dec00 D1
By Penelope Reedy


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