Mormon Church Donates to Gay Center for First Time

The LDS Church has made a donation to the Utah Pride Center's food pantry. (Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune)
The LDS Church has made a donation to the Utah Pride Center’s food pantry. (Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune)

Assistance » A request for perishable items for a food pantry program grew into a contribution.

The LDS Church has made a first-ever financial contribution to a Utah Pride Center program that serves food to Salt Lake City’s homeless and low-income youths.

The contribution — of an undisclosed amount — grew out of a first-time request for assistance with donations of perishable items for the food pantry program from the Utah-based faith’s Welfare Square operations, Kent Frogley, the Pride Center’s board chairman said.

Through conversation, that grew into a financial donation. The 1-year-old food pantry serves about 40 homeless youths each week, according to Pride Center data.

Frogley, who has been involved with the Pride Center for many years, said he believed it was the first time The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had ever been asked to contribute to any center program. He also said he’s not surprised by the response.

“The Mormon church has always stepped in where people need help in terms of food and shelter,” he said. “They take to heart the mission of helping people who are in need.”

A church spokesman declined to comment on the donation. However, in a grant letter to the Pride Center, LDS officials said the faith is “grateful to be able to serve your efforts in this worthy project and appreciate the work that you and others are doing related to this initiative.”

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SOURCE: The Salt Lake Tribune
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