Rocky Mountain Equipment Lends a Hand to Foodgrains Bank

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Agriculture and construction equipment company will donate equipment, operators, technicians to growing projects in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will get a boost this year from Rocky Mountain Equipment.

The company, which sells agriculture and construction equipment through 13 stores in the two provinces , will donate equipment, operators and technicians to growing projects to help them with seeding, spraying and harvesting.

“At Rocky Mountain Equipment, we’re proud to support community efforts like Foodgrains Bank growing projects,” says Director of Marketing and Communications, Laird Munro. “We’re committed to helping end hunger through the growing projects, and also want to be part of efforts to foster a sense of community spirit as local people work together to help people in the developing world.”
 
“Through the growing projects, farmers come together to plant, tend, harvest and then donate the proceeds of the sale of the crop to the Foodgrains Bank. The offer of donated equipment and staff will enable them to donate more to help those who don’t have enough to eat,” says Foodgrains Bank Marketing and Donor Relations Coordinator Sandra Dudych.
 
“We are grateful for support from Rocky Mountain Equipment,” she says. “Support like this enables growing projects to keep their costs even lower so they can donate more of the proceeds from the sale of their crop.”
 
In addition to donating equipment and staff, Rocky Mountain Equipment also provided free space for information about the Foodgrains Bank in a spring flyer sent to 50,000 people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan,  mentioned their support for the Foodgrains Bank in a recent staff newsletter, and on a poster in their stores.
 
Rocky Mountain Equipment is one of hundreds of businesses across Canada that provide support for the Foodgrains Bank every year. This includes over $300,000 of donated inputs in 2014 from agribusiness companies for growing projects, along with services from over 120 elevator companies that handle the crops for free or at reduced prices.
 
In 2013-14, 236 growing projects from Atlantic Canada to B.C. raised $5.3 million from the sale of 19,217 tonnes of grain for the Foodgrains Bank.
 
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. In the 2013-14 budget year, which ended March 31, the Foodgrains Bank provided $42 million of assistance for 1.2 million people in 42 countries.
 
Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects are undertaken with matching support from the Government of Canada.

 

Photo: Rocky Mountain Equipment