TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) It's a grocery store without a cash register.
It's called a Bishop's Storehouse; a building the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses to provide food storage at a low cost to all community members and also to help its members who come across financial problems.
"It can come from being laid off from work, it can be from an illness, large medical bills that have got them in a problem where they have got to decide between food or paying the medical bills, they can go to their bishop and their bishop sits down and goes over a plan on how to help them get back on their feet financially. And if part of that plan includes the fact that they need to have some assistance with food stuffs, then he works with a relief society president, which is a women's organization of our church, and they figure out a two weeks food supply for that family," explained the area Public Affairs Director for the LDS Church, Ray Parrish.
All of the resources this building provides are funded by LDS church members. Members go without a meal once a month and donate the money they would have spent on that meal to their local Bishop's Storehouse.
As the building's gone up, people have asked why it's facing away from Poleline. That was done on purpose. Church leaders did it for traffic and safety reasons, to avoid ice buildup during the winter months, and also for future expansion."
"I think it's very important that people understand that the LDS church is based on Jesus Christ and His love and compassion for others is what the church tries to emulate, and this is just a part of that. This Bishop's Storehouse and food center is going to be a great blessing to this valley," said Parrish.
If you're interested in learning more about the storehouse, the public is invited to attend an open house on August 27th at the brand new Twin Falls Bishop's Storehouse.