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Published: Tuesday, May 18 2010 11:54 a.m. MDT

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Cajunzoobie

As an LDS member from Lake Charles, LA, years ago I traveled as a youth to 'can' peanut butter in Baytown, TX. Back then, it was sealed in aluminum cans. On a trip to Welfare Square in 1968, we were shown 'our' peanut butter in the Bishops Storehouse.

Recently, my wife and I got to help out at the modern facility near the Houston Temple. The smell of roasting peanuts and hot p.b. filling the plastic bottles was awesome! This is a top quality product, said to have a higher-percentage of peanut content than major brands. The stuff is good, c'est si bon, mais oui.

Floyd Johnson

I have one question about the partnership. The article states that Mormon grown nuts (enter joke here) are at the facility, the Church provides the other ingredients, but the food bank is resopnsible to "fund" the peanuts. Is the food bank purchasing the peanuts from the Mormon Church at prevailing market rates?

Selling Church grown peanuts at market rates and donating the processing at no charge could make a very stable and symbiotic relationship between the two organizations. That relationship could be indefinitely self-supporting. It provides the food bank discounts for their immediate needs, and positions the LDS Church with infrastructure to respond to future disaster.

I would like to see many more relationships like this established. Perhaps Mormon beef from their ranches in Florida and Oklahoma being packaged with the "Angel Food" distribution system.

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