This was brought to my attention in email. Thanks to the thoughtful person providing the linkl!
Over the past several weeks, misinformation and unnecessary concern has been circulating on blogs, over social media channels and by email regarding changes in operations at the Church’s home storage centers, which are located in the U.S. and Canada. No home storage centers are being closed, but the Church is making welcomed modifications in its operations at most of these centers that will help to better serve the needs of members of the Church, as well as significantly improve efficiency.
In all but 12 of the Church’s 101 home storage centers in the U.S. and Canada, patrons will no longer self-can products, but they may purchase these same items pre-canned or prepackaged at no additional cost.
Logistically, I can see where it makes loads of sense to deal with finished product rather than operating a can-it-yourself operation. However, I was always under the impression that the LDS church was into more than just logistics and wanted users of the facilites to ‘have some skin in the game’ by engaging in the canning process. Additionally, it’s also a ‘team building’ thing to get a bunch of strangers to cooperate for their common good…which is probably the goal along.
Regardless, I’ll need to visit the local cannery and see whats what. I pretty much fulfilled my needs from them a year or so ago but you really cant have too much stored food.
And a hearty ‘thank you’ to the LDS church for letting non-believing atheists like myself use their facilities. This is why I’ll always be generous to their missionaries whenever possible.