Latter-day Saint Life

How the UN World Food Program and Latter-Day Saint Charities Are Helping Solve World Hunger


Standing with the Salt Lake City Temple as a backdrop, Sister Sharon Eubank spoke of a humanitarian partnership to a small crowd of reporters eagerly writing and pushing their microphones closer to capture the sound of her voice on Monday afternoon, Sept. 30.

Partnering with a group “as prestigious and as broad ranging as the World Food Program is very important to Latter-day Saint Charities for two reasons,” said Sister Eubank, president of Latter-day Saint Charities and first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.

The first is that WFP has a presence in places where the Church has no members and would have great difficulty accessing for humanitarian work. 

The second is that they have similar goals and cooperate, even in areas with Church members, to solve food problems through programs that provide healthy food for kids at school and develop sustainable family gardens. 

The small press conference featured Sister Eubank alongside Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, second counselor in the presiding bishopric, and David M. Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program — an United Nations program that helps respond to emergencies worldwide and works to eliminate hunger. 

Story by Aubrey Eyre; lead image by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.
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