The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated 40,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Family Crisis Center in Rexburg on Tuesday.
The delivery is thanks to one of the Family Crisis Center volunteers, Joseph Pouha, and his son Feki, the humanitarian and self-reliance coordinator for southeast Idaho.
“ One day, we had our food bank and had barely any food donated. Very light,” said Marie Harris, the service and shelter coordinator at the Family Crisis Center. “So that day, Joseph called his son and said, ‘We need food now!’ And Feki was here within hours.”
The food bank is available to all Madison County residents.
Brett Crandall is the Rexburg area communication director for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He says this donation is a way to meet the community’s needs.
“This is just the way that the church can give back to this community,” Crandall said. “We recognize that everyone is a child of god and we want to help all of his children.”
The food bank is also a huge resource to BYU-Idaho students, especially international students. These students do not receive financial aid and can only work on campus, which limits their work hours.
Participants can go to the food bank once a week on Wednesday or Friday from noon to 1 p.m.
In addition to the food bank, the Family Crisis Center offers support groups for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. They also have a sexual assault response team available 24 hours a day.
“If you are a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, you are not alone and we are here to help,” Harris said.
You can call their 24-hour hotline at 208-356-0065.
To volunteer or donate, visit their website here.