LDS Church Aids Diversion Plan

Published online: Mar 02, 2001
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Over 12 million pounds (120,000 cwt) of potatoes will be run through five Idaho dehy plants to be processed into flakes and pearls for the LDS church's world humanitarian projects.

The potatoes, given by Idaho growers, will be shipped over a six-month period to needy areas in the world.

According to Joe B. Wirthlin of the church's welfare system, local church members will participate in the project by donating their time in repacking the bulk product into smaller containers when required.

Wirthlin said the effort is two-pronged, to not only use the potatoes for humanitarian efforts, but to help growers with their diversion program. He said a large number of fresh potatoes are also being distributed through the church to charitable institutions throughout the United States.