Serving at the cannery has helped me understand how the Welfare program works in the LDS Church; a program that functions without government intervention because those that work at the canneries are volunteer missionaries, and people like me and you. Food is canned and stored for those needing basic commodities. Those needing assistance can also work at the cannery as well which is a way to help people help themselves.
Ronald Reagan visiting with workers at the Ogden Area Welfare Service Center cannery in Ogden, Utah accompanied by Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson, September 10, 1982. LDS.org
“The Lord provided the way when He declared, “And the storehouse shall be kept by the consecrations of the church; and the widows and orphans shall be provided for, as also the poor” (D&C 83:6). . . .When we care for those in need, the outcome benefits all.” President Thomas S. Monson.
Someday I could be on church assistance, or you. It’s nice to know that there is a wonderful program for us if that time comes. If you aren’t a member of the LDS church, ask a Mormon friend to invite you along on a cannery assignment to experience the LDS welfare program in action.