Construction Begins on Twin Falls Bishops’ Storehouse

Contributed By Marie Schildknecht, Church News contributor

  • 28 October 2015

Construction for a new Latter-day Saint bishops’ storehouse began in September, just north of the Twin Falls Idaho Temple, in the Canyon Village subdivision.

Article Highlights

  • Construction began in September on a new LDS bishops’ storehouse in Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • A bishops’ storehouse provides food and other necessities for those in need.
  • In 2014, more than 7 million hours of labor were donated to Church welfare projects on farms, processing plants, storehouses, and a variety of other facilities.

Construction for a new Latter-day Saint bishops’ storehouse began in September, just north of the Twin Falls Idaho Temple, in the Canyon Village subdivision. The storehouse will likely be completed in June of next year. Until now the closest storehouse has been in Burley, over 40 miles away.

A bishops’ storehouse is a place where those in need can go at the recommendation of their local bishop to receive food and other necessities. It is set up just like any other store, but without the cash registers.

All of the goods in the storehouse are paid for using fast offerings and other donations given by generous members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each month, they fast—or go without food and drink for two consecutive meals—and make a donation considering the value of the two missed meals.

In addition to making a monetary contribution, members volunteer their time to produce and process the food.

Bishops’ storehouses are almost exclusively operated by volunteers. Of the Church’s 136 storehouses, only five have a paid manager.

In 2014, more than 7 million hours of labor were donated to Church welfare projects on farms, processing plants, storehouses, and a variety of other facilities. 

Bishops’ storehouses can also provide assistance to those in need in times of natural disaster or crisis. Food and additional supplies can be made available at a moment’s notice.

The Twin Falls facility will also include a home storage center, where anyone can go to buy canned or dry-packed food with a longer shelf life, including apple slices, carrots, corn, flour, oats, pasta, potato flakes, rice, sugar, and wheat.

These products are sold at the cost of production and can be purchased in-store using a home storage center order form or online.

The Church currently operates 101 home storage centers in the United States and Canada. These facilities are managed by volunteer Church-service missionaries.

In 2014, more than 7 million hours of labor were donated to Church welfare projects on farms, processing plants, storehouses, and a variety of other facilities. Photo by Howard Collett.

A bishops’ storehouse is a place where those in need can go at the recommendation of their local bishop to receive food and other necessities.

The Twin Falls facility will also include a home storage center, where anyone can go to buy canned or dry-packed food with a longer shelf life, including apple slices, carrots, corn, flour, oats, pasta, potato flakes, rice, sugar, and wheat. Photo by Valerie Anne Anderson.