Viterra, a leading marketer and handler of grains, oilseeds and pulses, is providing the Foodgrains Bank with 42 acres of land to farm at its terminals in Stettler, Alberta and Balgonie, Saskatchewan.
The Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger, has found local farmers to farm the land. Once harvest is complete, the proceeds of the sale of the crops will be donated to the Foodgrains Bank to support its food assistance programs for countries in the developing world.
“We are excited by this opportunity to team up with Viterra to help people who are hungry,” says Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of the Foodgrains Bank.
“As a long-standing supporter of the Foodgrains Bank, Viterra has provided valuable help to our community growing projects for many years,” he says, adding that “this new way of supporting our work will not only help us raise more funds, but also raise awareness about the issue of global hunger when people deliver crops to the terminals.”
“We’re proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and support the important work they do around the world,” says Kyle Jeworski, President and CEO for Viterra North America.
“As an industry leader, our focus is on connecting our customers to global markets and, through this project, we’re also pleased to help them assist those in need through our asset network.”
In addition to providing the land, Viterra will also provide the Foodgrains Bank with a donation of $5 for each tonne of crops donated to the organization through one of its 68 grain elevators in Western Canada.