Bishop Storehouse: Preparedness solution for the LDS community

A bishop storehouse initially was supplied by members of the church who were asked to fast on a Thursday and the food that they did not consume on that day went into the storehouse. But in time, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints decided to move the day to Sunday, in order to avoid hardship due to not eating on a workday. In time, bishops decided to gather money instead and purchase goods and food as needed, thus offering a better management of the storehouse.

Community member volunteer to help manage the storehouse itself. The tasks usually amount to storing the goods, managing their location within the storehouse and inventory tasks in which the goods are accounted for. Also, the volunteers keep the storehouse clean to health standards. The bishop coordinates every task and manages the storehouse entirely. He gets his help from the local Relief Society president. The latter can also distribute goods to the needy or poor, in the case in which the bishop is not available.

In most cases, a bishop storehouse is a building designed to hold the goods which will wait to be delivered to those in need. But there are cases in which a LDS community cannot afford a physical location for a storehouse. In those cases, in case someone needs help, a bishop will organize a fast offering and people will donate what they can to those in need. This is also a method in which a bishop can ensure that people with special dietary needs get what they need, when they need it.

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