Thanksgiving Service Project at Provo MTC Will Help Feed 140,000 Families

Contributed By Scott Taylor, Church News managing editor

  • 30 November 2019

Sister Isabel Galland, 21, of Orem, and Elder Joseph Cottam, 19, of Yorkshire, England, and other missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepare meal donations at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

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  • Missionaries packaged some 350,000 meal kits to provide food for 140,000 families.

The numbers for the Provo Missionary Training Center’s annual Thanksgiving Day service project are staggering—some 350,000 meal kits to provide food for 140,000 families, all packaged by 1,516 missionary volunteers in just two hours.

That was the result from the efforts Thursday, November 28, as missionaries were divided into production teams over two hour-long shifts and packaged bags of Thai noodles at dozens of tables set up in the MTC campus’s underground parking facility.

It marked the seventh year that the Provo MTC has used a Thanksgiving holiday to help the nonprofit Feeding Children Everywhere. Learn more.

Earlier in the day, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joined his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, and 10 of their grandchildren in providing a Thanksgiving Day devotional at the Provo MTC.

Sister Aliialofaifaleupolu Moataa, 22, of Western Samoa, and Sister Nanasi Heimuli, 19, of Saratoga Springs, work with other missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they prepare meal donations at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Boxes full of meal donations are assembled on pallets as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conduct a service project at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Sister Kaya Winn, 19, of San Antonio, Texas, and Elder Kaipo Kauwe, 18, of Spanish Fork, and other missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepare meal donations at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Elder Steven Jarman, 18, of Mesa, Arizona, listens to an announcement as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepare meal donations at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Completed meal donations are packaged by missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Sister Rachel Scott, 19, of San Diego, California, rings a bell to indicate her table has filled another box with meal donations as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conduct a service project at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.