Through growing projects, groups of people plant, tend and harvest a crop, then sell it to raise money for the Foodgrains Bank. Proceeds from the sale of the crop are then donated to the Foodgrains Bank.
Local businesses often help by donating inputs such as seed, chemicals and fertilizer, and services such as trucking, insurance or promotion. Not only does this help keep costs down, it fosters a sense of community spirit as local people work together to help hungry people in the developing world. Through the Foodgrains Bank, inputs are also available from national agro-sciences corporations.
Individuals can also create their own growing projects, giving the proceeds from the sale of a portion of their crop to the Foodgrains Bank.
As for what you can grow, the answer is anything you want—wheat, canola, corn, barley, soybeans, lentils, flax, forage, silage and pumpkins are some of the crops grown to raise money for the Foodgrains Bank.
Although many growing projects are found in rural areas, urban churches get involved by partnering with rural congregations to provide funds for inputs, or by donating to the project’s overall fundraising goal. This is an excellent way to bring urban and rural Canadians together over a common goal of helping people who are hungry.
You don’t need to be a farmer, or have access to land, to support Canadian Foodgrains Bank! Every year community projects are held across Canada to raise money to help end hunger. They take the form of concerts, festivals, auctions, craft sales, marathons, sports tournaments, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, art shows, banquets, community suppers, and many other kinds of events or activities. Funds raised are then donated to the Foodgrains Bank.
Grow Hope is a way for Canadians who live in urban or suburban areas to become “virtual farmers” by sponsoring an acre that will be farmed to raise funds for the Foodgrains Bank. Through Grow Hope, non-farmers can help farmers grow crops and learn more about what is involved in growing food at the same time. Click here to learn more.
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