WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (KTVZ) – On Wednesday morning, members of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs, along with missionaries and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worked together to unload 24 pallets of food and supplies delivered to Confederate tribes by the church. The supplies were shipped from Bishop’s Storehouse in Salt Lake City.
The church operates 15 farms, five canneries and 110 food distribution centers called episcopal warehouses, all staffed primarily by local volunteers. The church also has five additional processing plants specializing in meat, milk, bread, cereals and pasta, and soap. These facilities help provide assistance to church members in need and local community partners.
The church provided Confederate Tribes in Warm Springs with a smaller amount of food at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
A few weeks ago, Mitch Wilcox, Redmond stake president for the church, contacted Danny Martinez, the emergency response officer for the Confederate Tribes. Martinez said he was grateful for the help, as the tribes have provided meals for families in quarantine on the reserve since the start of the pandemic.
Martinez relies on Dorothea “Dot” Thurby as the head of organizing the social needs of the Confederate Tribes.
“We were pretty much short of all of our supplies when I got the call,” Thurby said thanking Wilcox for the generous donation.
“We have also opened a warming center here in the reserve, and this food will also help them nourish themselves,” she added.
Donated food and cleaning supplies will be distributed by the Thurby team as needed for families in quarantine and those who find comfort in the heated shelter provided.
In 2020, the church sent more than 800 food trucks to 380 food banks, homeless shelters, and charities across the United States. Collectively, these trucks have provided more than 26 million meals to those in need. These trucks came from several of the church’s 110 bishops’ warehouses in the United States and Canada.
The warehouse’s primary distribution center is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, with five other regional centers located in Oregon, California, Indiana, Georgia and Canada. The food was delivered by 46 dedicated long-haul truck drivers for Deseret Transportation, who traveled more than 1.6 million kilometers during the COVID-19 pandemic.