Patti Agler still remembers how pruning grapevines made her fingers sting with cold in the California winter when she was young.
In summer, she helped pick the grapes with other volunteers from a local division — or stake — of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon church. They laid the grapes on paper and let them dry into raisins.
Agler, now of Canal Winchester, was one of many volunteers staffing the Latter-day Saints sites around the country that produce food for pantries to help out church members facing hard times.
Carrying a “Deseret” label and beehive logo, the products make up the bulk of what’s offered at the church’s Bishop’s Storehouse in Groveport, said Brent Harris of Zanesville, who volunteers at the site along with Agler and others.