Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Connection to Canadian Foodgrains Bank

When you give, your contribution can be credited to the MCC account. MCC determines how those funds, and any Government of Canada matching funds, will be used.

MCC receives requests for food from its overseas partners. Each request is reviewed to ensure the food and support provided will improve the lives of the people receiving the assistance – in both the short and long terms.

Once planning is complete (including details to ensure safe and reliable delivery), Canadian Foodgrains Bank arranges the purchase and shipping of the food. MCC often works together with other Foodgrains Bank church members on shipments.

MCC Canada is the founding agency of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The first MCC overseas Foodbank was initiated in 1976. The project was reorganized in 1983 and opened to other denominations.


MCC’s mandate is rooted in the compassionate God who calls people to care for the hungry and the thirsty, the stranger and the naked, the sick, and those in prison. (Matthew 25:35-36).

The work of MCC began in July 1920 when 13 church leaders met in Elkhart, Indiana to talk about how North American Mennonites could assist the needs of hungry people in the former Soviet Union. The name reflects this coming together of different church groups into one “central” committee.

MCC promotes mutual learning and interchanges between cultures, education, health and agriculture, peace and justice issues, and relief work. MCC also purchases crafts from developing world artisans for sale in its Ten Thousand Villages stores, located throughout North America.

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