Viterra is providing the Canadian Foodgrains Bank with 42 acres of land to farm at its terminals in Stettler and Balgonie, Sask.
The Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working to end global hunger, has found local farmers to farm the land. Once harvest is complete, the proceeds of the sale of the crops will be donated to the Foodgrains Bank to support its food assistance programs. In addition to providing the land, Viterra will also provide the Foodgrains Bank with a donation of $5 for each tonne of crops donated to the organization through one of its 68 grain elevators in Western Canada.
With support from the Canadian government, the Foodgrains Bank provided $41 million for 127 projects in 35 countries, benefiting over 920,000 people in 2015-16. Just over $25 million was committed for food assistance programming, $14 million for agriculture and livelihoods programming, and $2.2 million for nutrition programming.