On Wednesday, Heart, Love & Soul Executive Director Mark Baetzhold and Assistant Executive Director Pam Dixon received a donation of 4,500 pounds of nonperishable canned and dried food commodities from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Delivery assistance came from the local Niagara Falls ward and its members, and the team from Buffalo Tungsten, which has been housing and distributing the food deliveries in Western New York.
Heart, Love & Soul, located at 939 Ontario Ave., Niagara Falls, serves hundreds of clients each month, especially in its dining room (which is presently takeout-only) and pantry.
Baetzhold and Dixon both expressed gratitude for the generous gift of food and said it would be put to good use feeding those in need.
The ninth and final food delivery was in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the first vision of Joseph Smith, who became the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This donation was given commemorating the contribution the state of New York made as the “cradle” to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The church states Smith’s first vision took place in Palmyra – about 90 miles from Niagara Falls – in early April 1820.
The donation to Heart, Love & Soul was one of 200 made throughout New York. More than 1.6 million pounds was donated statewide to 200 found pantries. The products given included chili, green beans, salsa, spaghetti sauce, macaroni, spaghetti and dried mashed potatoes.
The chapel for the Niagara Falls ward is located at 754 Scovell Drive, Lewiston. Its bishop, Jared Beggs, helped to organize the delivery to Heart, Love & Soul.