Yes, that’s a sad face :( I would make it bigger if I could! The LDS canneries aren’t closing, but they might as well be. They still have some benefits, but I’ve been depressed that buying food in bulk to fill my buckets is no longer an option. For years the canneries have been helping anyone that wants to become more self-reliant and prepared to do so. Each cannery is different, but below are some of the changes you can expect.
Changes at Cannery:
- NO BULK FOOD - You can no longer buy food in bulk (25 or 50 lb bags), so you’ll have to look into places like Costco/Sams or other Online Distributors.
- NO ON-SITE CANNING ACTIVITIES - You can no longer can any food at the cannery, everything will already be pre-packaged.
“In all but 12 of the Church’s 101 home storage centers in the U.S. and Canada, patrons will no longer self-can products, but they may purchase these same items pre-canned or prepackaged at no additional cost.” – LDS Church Newsroom
- RENT CANNER - You can still rent the canner for home use and can anything you want.
- BUY CANNED ITEMS – You can no longer can your own food, but instead you can pick up pre-packaged food. I’ve heard that some canneries limit how much you can buy, so you’ll have to check with your local cannery.
- BUY ONLINE – You can always buy online what they sell at the canneries. You might just have to pay a little extra for shipping.
Hopefully, you can still find some use for the cannery. For some they might even enjoy the changes, because now you can pick-up cans of food anytime without needing to bother to pack them yourself. They still offer a great selection of the basics, and all that really matters is that they still have Hot Chocolate! I just better get myself a lifetime supply before they start regulating that too :)
***For more information on locations, order forms, and other cannery info take a look at this post – LDS Cannery (Home Storage Centers).***
Why the Cannery Changes?
No home storage centers are being closed, but the Church is making welcomed modifications in its operations at most of these centers that will help to better serve the needs of members of the Church, as well as significantly improve efficiency. – LDS Church Newsroom
The church seems to find the good in any situation! Some of the benefits they mention that the changes will bring are - the canneries will be more efficient and cost-effective, they will utilize less warehouse space, it will provide higher quality and safer preparation of food, and volunteers time will be used more efficiently.
Much of the discussion regarding this issue has suggested that this change is due to food safety regulation. While it has been a factor, the concern expressed regarding that issue has been overstated. – LDS Church Newsroom
I appreciate the church’s response and that they are always looking to solve things peacefully. I’m impressed with their constant efforts to not cause panic, anger or hostile feelings towards our elected leaders. That’s what I’m here for – j/k! I know many of you feel there is more to the story though, because why would they shrink the food supplies and facilities in nearly 90 canneries all over the U.S.
I’m not into conspiracy theories (some anyways ;), but preparedness pro has a point when it comes to the recent changes to the cannery…
“Isn’t it illogical that so many can believe that the IRS and EPA can be used by the U.S. government to bully and manipulate folks into the submission of their agenda, but that it’s absurd to think that the FDA, USDA, FBI, OSHA couldn’t do the same?” – Preparedness Pro
Being in the healthcare industry I’ve seen first hand how if OSHA wants to find something wrong with your facility they will! I would love to think the leaders in charge of our country are looking out for us, but time and time again the stories told are quite the opposite.
Overall, the changes to the cannery really aren’t that big of a deal, I just need to search out and find other places to buy bulk food and supplies. The real issue that concerns me is, little by little everything is becoming more and more regulated. Often times we are left with no choice but to comply with their agenda and what the government thinks is right for us, which I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s not what is right for me or my family.
What do you think? Are the cannery changes to make them more economical and efficient, or was it in response to harassments from Big Brother taking over yet another part of our lives?