As Kellene mentions in her blog post, LDS members are encouraged by the church to have a year's supply of essentials on hanmd (food, water, etc.). They are the ultra-preppers in our society (not that there's anything wrong with being prepared for an emergency when it happens.) LDA canneries have long been the go-to place for high-quality canned goods, canning and prepping items, and they provided the much needed facilities and help for folks who don't feel comfortable doing it on their own at home (or who don't own canning equipment).
They're not completely closing up shop - members and non-members can still purchase pre-canned food after June 26th, as well as bulk foods and other supplies. But it's disturbing that folks won't be able to can at their locations. Apparently it would be too expensive to bring the canneries up to meet the onerous OSHA and FDA standards. That's our government working for us!
I've purchased from them before and found LDS to be very reasonably priced (the cheapest on mylar bags!) because they sell at cost and they don't charge sales tax. The package I received was packed very nicely and I received it quickly. I am definitely going to make additional purchases from them. If you're interested, you can see the items that are available by browsing their order form.
The Kansas City cannery is open to anyone, although you do need to call and make an appointment if you want to use their canning equipment. Here's their contact information:
3601 NE Kimball Dr
Kansas City, MO 64161
Since I'm on vacation today, I think I may try to swing by and check it out this afternoon.
Please consider supporting the local LDS cannery and, if you use them, make sure you get there before June 26th! You can find information about your closest cannery or browse the online store at https://www.lds.org/topics/food-storage.
DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with the LDS church and didn't receive any compensation for this post. I just really like their mission in helping to get everyone, even non-members of their church, under self reliance and being prepared.