History

HistoryCanadian farmers coming together to share their harvest with the world

In 1976, amid growing world food emergencies, Mennonite Central Committee created a pilot project to allow Canadian grain farmers to share their harvests with those less fortunate around the world. In 1983, the project was re-organized, opened to other church agencies, and re-established as the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank was formed in time to make a significant contribution to fighting the Ethiopia famine in 1984.

Today, we are fighting global hunger in over 30 countries around the world. For a detailed history of the Foodgrains Bank, visit our timeline.

15 church agencies, representing 30 denominations with over 17,000 congregations, make up the membership of Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Click on a church member below to learn more about their involvement.

ADRA Canada (Adventist Development & Relief Agency) June, 1990
Canadian Baptist Ministries April, 1983
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace June, 2007
Canadian Lutheran World Relief April, 1983
Christian & Missionary Alliance
 April, 1983
Emergency Relief & Development Overseas (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada) January, 1984
Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada June, 1988
Mennonite Central Committee April, 1983
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries June, 1988
Presbyterian World Service & Development June, 1992
Primate’s World Relief & Development & Development Fund (Anglican Church of Canada) June, 2007
The Salvation Army June, 1986
The United Church of Canada January, 1984
Tearfund Canada (previously World Relief Canada) June, 1991
World Renew/Christian Reformed World Relief Committee – April, 1983