A short time after flooding began, the Brazil Area Presidency called upon local members to provide relief. The Church is strong in the Sao Paulo region, so the area presidency asked stake presidents from the city's 39 stakes to donate 50 boxes of food, per stake, within 48 hours. Members were asked to deliver their donations to their respective stake centers, where priesthood leaders gathered the goods and transported them to the Church office complex located next to the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple. Some 10,000 volunteers were involved in the food donation effort.
At the meetinghouse, teams of women and children sorted the food items before repacking them into boxes. The boxes were then sealed and labeled prior to distribution. The entire recreation area of the meetinghouse was filled with volunteers and stacks of food boxes organized under the direction of local priesthood leaders.