What is the status of your LDS cannery?

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I am wondering if canning at the LDS canneries (dry food) will be henceforth a viable alternative? I tried yesterday to book a date for November and the lines were so busy I could not make contact. Today I get a recorded message to try again Nov 1 for December. This is a 180 from 2 months ago....and now looks like an exercise in futility to get back in anytime in the forseeable future. Mesa, AZ.(2 canning lines and open 60 hours per week)

-- ronbanks (phxbanks@webtv.net), October 02, 1998


Ron, My brother who lives around Columbia SC was told that the one there would no longer sell to Non-Mormans. They were/are getting swamped. Some people were coming in and buying almost everything they have at a given time.......

-- CP (Spoonman@prodigy.net), October 02, 1998.

Same in MA - we just went last weekend and were told we were very lucky to have gotten an appointment (we called 2 months ago). No non- members will be given appointments any more (actually some accepted at the Manager's discretion). Non-members are buying up everything plus they have been having a huge problem with theft by non-members.

-- mmd (a7656@hotmail.com), October 02, 1998.

The buzz is that Walton Feed supplies LDS canneries, and that they are waiting the same 6-8 months everyone else is. The race has begun.

-- Bill (bill@microsoft.com), October 03, 1998.

Well, I'm still on for my November appointment --- made in August. I also had to select a cannery 5 hours away. What the heck, the closest one is nearly 4 hours away. But, for all practical purposes the LDS canneries are (at least temporarily) not a viable source of food storage.

Anyone who does get an appointment now is very fortunate. But, I've read that one reason they are so busy also has to do with the members preference for fall canning, especially visits by wards and stakes. Any LDS members who could comment on that?

Think about this: right now grain prices are at a multi-year low. Grain is a drag on the market, silos overflow, and there are piles of the stuff on the ground in the grain producing states. It's no longer going overseas because of the economic chaos in Asia.

There's enough food in the US and Canada to feed us for for several years (assuming you want to live on grain alone).

The problem is in the distribution system----getting food to the point of sale. It's just beginning to show up in food for long term storage because that's what most of us are ordering.

Next, it will show up on the shelves of supermarkets as people begin to wake up.

Scary Gary North made a prediction in one of his link comments several months ago (May, I believe) He noted that if one waited until January 1, 1999 to begin long term food storage it would be too late, the system wouldn't be able to cope. I thought that was a bit much, but was glad that I had gotten started. Well, my May order from Walton's hasn't arrived, the LDS canneries are chock-a-bloc, I have two other orders (other suppliers)that haven't arrived, and I notice that the price of surplus military generators has increased drastically in the past few days, with a note posted on one suppliers site that -- because of the extreme demand -- price and availability could not be guaranteed.

A few more people are waking up and learning what they may have to cope with. If you haven't started, please, please, do so now. Become a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.


-- rocky (rknolls@hotmail.com), October 03, 1998.

I did one LDS canning session in early Aug., after making the appointment in July - just a 2 week wait. But I made my second appointment in mid-Aug. and it's for mid-Oct. - a 2 MONTH wait!! Part of it, though, is that they are doing applesauce on every Fri. and Sat. from Sept. until Dec., so we had to take a weekday and there are only 2 or 3 weekday sessions available. They said that they have tripled the usual canning sessions because of y2k! I would bet that they will eventually close to non-members, just like some others. But after this next session I should have my year's supply done. I've also gotten lots of stuff from a food coop and many different groceries to can at the cannery, too. Every week I buy the "specials" at the groceries and have gotten some really great buys. Bought macaroni for $ .33/# - got 60# of it! Also, many cans of veggies and soups for between $ .29 and .44 each. And flour for $. 65 for 5#. I plan to just keep buying more and more until I can't get anymore. Hopefully I'll be able to have at least 2 yrs. worth for the 4 of us.

The cannery has been a lifesaver for me, since I'm on a very limited budget. Praise the Lord that ours hasn't closed to non-Mormons. They have been very nice to us and very helpful. Keep trying!

-- Mary (Beachyfe@hotmail.com), October 05, 1998.

What is an LDS cannery?

-- Amy Leone (aleone@amp.com), October 05, 1998.

Can anyone give me the site where the LDS canneries are located. Thanx

-- Robert Brown (peace2u@bellatlantic.net), October 09, 1998.

An LDS Cannery is one operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - (The Mormons). Since The Church was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, its members have been a very self-sufficient group, taking care of the welfare needs of their own members, their neighbors, and in many cases exporting their excess to countries where the need is great. Their welfare system has been admired and even studied by the US government (who could frankly use some help in operating a successful welfare program). I am sure more information is available through the Church web site ; www.lds.org. Additionally: For more than a century, the Church leaders since Brigham Young have counseled Church members to keep a one year food supply. It looks like we are going to need it. Many of the authors of y2k books and web sites are members of the LDS church. Hope this helps.

David Shamy

-- David Shamy (stanford@ntr.net), October 09, 1998.

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