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The Tallahassee Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stepped up its charitable giving in 2023, providing funds, food and equipment for six local organizations during the year.
Tallahassee Stake President Ben Smith said the increase reflects an overall Church emphasis on partnering with agencies and organizations that serve the community.
“As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe we have a responsibility to join efforts with organizations that are reaching out to those in need,” said Smith.
Last year, the Tallahassee Stake worked with Church regional welfare specialists to identify the following organizations for assistance:
- Second Harvest of the Big Bend– Food assistance and funding for the North Florida region.
- Tallahassee Urban League– Food and cold storage equipment for the Community Food Pantry.
- FSU Food for Thought Pantry– Works with Second Harvest to provide food for students facing food insecurity.
- Carter’s Corner– Community-based organization providing support for underserved communities.
- International Rescue Committee– The Church provides furniture and setup for newly arrived immigrants to the Tallahassee area.
- Ability1st– The Center for Independent Living of North Florida provides services to persons with varying disabilities. Their mission is to empower people with disabilities to live independently and enhance their quality of life.
“Each of these organizations is providing Christlike service to those in need in our communities. Being a Christian is all about serving others,” said Smith.