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Young Guns growing project going strong in second year

“It’s looking fabulous. I’m excited to see the yield.” Those are the words of Mikaela Lemay, an agronomist and leader of the Young Guns growing project near Trochu. The group of young farmers started their growing project last year when the local Viterra terminal donated the use of surrounding land to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. […] Read more

Educators invited to Ethiopia to learn about global hunger

Applications are being taken for a Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s youth educators’ tour to Ethiopia in August. Anyone who is an educator of youth or young adults is welcome to apply, including, school teachers, 4-H leaders, and church youth leaders. The delegation will learn about food security issues in Ethiopia, visit communities receiving support from the […] Read more

Earlier this year, 10 educators from across Canada spent two weeks in Nepal, visiting Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects and also staying with Nepalese families for part of their tour. Youth educators — teachers, 4-H leaders, youth pastors, and others — are invited to apply for a similar tour in Uganda in August.

Youth educators invited to Foodgrains Bank tour

Application deadline is May 15

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is inviting youth educators to apply to join a tour to Uganda in August. Tour participants will meet people who have experienced hunger first hand, learn about the root causes and impacts of hunger, and learn about efforts to respond to the different kinds of hunger. “Our goal is to provide […] Read more

Viterra pledges land for grow project

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 […] Read more

In the early days, grain from growing projects was bagged and sacks were shipped in boxcars before going overseas. In 2008, Ottawa dropped its rule requiring government funds to be used to buy food grown in Canada. This allowed the Foodgrains Bank to sell grain here and buy food closer to the areas where it provides food assistance.

Call to help the hungry generated huge response from farmers

Forty years ago, farmers in Western Canada responded to a call to help people who were hungry in the developing world — and the organization that would become the Canadian Foodgrains Bank was born. The call was issued by Mennonite Central Committee, headquartered in Manitoba and it was farmers from that province and neighbouring Saskatchewan who donated […] Read more

Foodgrains Bank launches African Drought Appeal

With millions of people in southern Africa and Ethiopia facing extreme drought this year, Canadian Foodgrains Bank is asking Canadians to donate to its African Drought Appeal. The prolonged drought, which affects about 14 million people in southern Africa, and another 10 million in Ethiopia, is a consequence of the most powerful El Niño event […] Read more