FAQs

BurundiWhat is the Canadian Foodgrains Bank?

Founded in 1983, Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 church and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger. In 2014-15, we helped 1.1 million people in 39 countries have enough to eat.

Each year, the Canadian government provides us with $25 million in matching financial support.

What does the Canadian Foodgrains Bank do?

The goal of the Foodgrains Bank is to end global hunger. We do this in the following ways:

  • We provide emergency food for people who are hungry because of things like war, drought, and unfair international trade policies.
  • We provide tools and trainings so that hungry people, many of whom are small-scale farmers, can  feed themselves.
  • We support programs that improve nutrition, especially for children and nursing mothers, and that provide nutrition education and training for families.We also work to end global hunger through education and advocacy.
  • We work to influence national and international policies that contribute to ending global hunger.
  • We engage and educate Canadians in efforts to end global hunger.

Can I get a tax receipt?

Charitable tax receipts are issued for donations over $10.

How do you know the food actually gets to the people who need it?

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank members work with trusted partners overseas to make sure food goes where it is intended. Our assistance is carefully and closely monitored, and Foodgrains Bank staff and volunteers regularly visit project sites to conduct audits and do other monitoring.

In spite of some very challenging logistics in foreign ground transportation and distribution, together with civil unrest or war, we know that more than 95% of food gets to where it is needed.

What are your administrative costs?

We are committed to being clear and transparent about our finances. Rather than simply reporting how much of our budget goes to administration – which can be defined a number of ways – we have also outlined other areas of our work as well. Here is how our money is spent:

  • Food Assistance Program 61 percent
  • Agriculture & Livelihoods Program 22.2 percent
  • Nutrition Program 4.9 percent
  • Program Management 3.9 percent
  • Other International Program Costs 1.1 percent
  • Public Policy and Education Programs 1 percent
  • Administration 2.9 percent
  • Fundraising and Communications 2.6 percent

Can Canadians visit Foodgrains Bank programs in the developing world?

The Foodgrains Bank organizes food study tours to allow Canadians the chance to meet the recipients and farmers who are using Canadian food to rebuild their lives. We also arrange for people to come to Canada from overseas to tell us about the challenges they face and the positive difference the assistance makes.

How can I volunteer?

Glad you asked! We rely on volunteers to raise funds and awareness to help us offer assistance in the developing world. You can hold a fundraising or awareness-raising event in your province to help us end global hunger. This could be a concert, walk-a-thon, or other event, or you could host a Harvest of Letters letter-writing event to advocate to our government for policies that will assist poor people around the world. If you live in a rural community, you could organize a growing project where people come together to farm a piece of land, donating the proceeds from the sale of the crop to the Foodgrains Bank

For more information, contact the regional coordinator in your area or call our head office directly at 1-800-665-0377.

What are community growing projects?

A community growing project usually involves a group of people (farmers, fuel dealers, equipment dealers, local small businesses, grain elevator staff, church congregations) gathering together to farm a plot of land.

When they harvest their crop, they sell it on the Canadian market, and donate the proceeds to the Foodgrains Bank.

There are over 200 projects across Canada. These projects contribute approximately half of the donations received by the Foodgrains Bank.

How can I learn more about global hunger?

Our public engagement team offers educational resources for youth, as well as worship materials for your family or church. If you don’t find what you need, please send us a note!