MIRA LOMA, CALIF.
Elder Douglas F. Higham of the Seventy presided at the dedication of a new Bishops' Central Storehouse in Mira Loma, Calif., on April 19.
Located in Southern California, the new 98,000-square-foot facility will supply bishops' storehouses throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii and, in times of emergency, stand ready to provide humanitarian aid throughout that area.
With high racks filled with grocery items as a backdrop, President Lawrence M. Aragon of the Corona California Stake conducted the dedicatory service. In attendance were many local civic leaders, in addition to Church leaders whose stakes will provide volunteers to assist in the operation of the new storehouse.
Carl L. McClaine, Welfare Services field manager, emphasized that the "storehouse" available to each bishop includes the faithful saints of each ward and expressed gratitude for the service of local Church members whose volunteer efforts will assist in the operation of the storehouse.
Don Johnson, director of production and distribution, said commodities available through the storehouse system come from six ranches and 42 farms located throughout the western United States. "A distinctive feature of each bishops' storehouse is the lack of a cash register," he said, emphasizing that storehouse items are made available to members in need without cost.
In his dedicatory prayer, Elder Higham invoked a blessing on the new facility, that it would be kept safe from the elements and always be available to assist those in need.
Church member and San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford offered the invocation.
"This is a wonderful, impressive building," said Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione. "This is a fantastic system. I had no idea that these items came largely from farms and ranches and canneries owned and operated by the Church."