I have to object to the Chron's description of this as "private welfare," as if it is some sort of alternate universe version of food stamps and AFDC payments. It is charity work on the one hand, but it is also a form of communion for the Mormon community which is taught to support one another in good times and bad. Mormons are also taught to maintain their own private storehouses at home "just in case."Also, I could be wrong, but I believe non-Mormons can use storehouse facilities, but you would undoubtedly be proselytized for your troubles.
The origins of the storehouse concept is interesting and instructive both about our present and our future.
Self reliance and thrift? Why that's just crazy talk!
Not everyone sat around in the Thirties waiting for FDR to come to town with the WPA after all. And no one should be sitting around waiting for Obama to reduce the principal on their mortgage. You can't spell "indolent" without "dole."
Religion in general, and Mormons in particular, are forever under assault from the Left because religion is self-sustaining and provides a superior alternative to gov't "help" in times of need. We should all remember that next time a professional atheist shows up demanding that we take down our Christmas decorations.
UPDATE: I just noticed that I am getting a spike in traffic from Utah. Welcome all! Feel free to look around. Don't bring any kids to the midnight show, please. It gets a little blue.