Canadians give over $21 million in famine relief to be matched by Government of Canada through Famine Relief Fund

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A woman measures out rations of beans as part of an emergency food assistance project of Foodgrains Bank member ADRA Canada in South Sudan. (Photo credit: Matthew Sawatzky)

**Watch this special thank you message from our executive director, Jim Cornelius.**

$6.1 million donated through Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its members

People at risk of famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and surrounding countries will receive life-saving assistance thanks to the $21.3 million donated by Canadians for relief activities, and matched by the Government of Canada’s Famine Relief Fund.

Over $6 million of that total was donated to Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its member churches and church agencies by Canadians, with $714,000 being donated directly to the Foodgrains Bank.

“Canadians have once again demonstrated incredible generosity and compassion for the most vulnerable people abroad,” says Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development.

“We will work with trusted partners on the ground who are making a meaningful difference in providing millions of people with the help they urgently need.”

Through the Famine Relief Fund, donations to registered charities working to address severe hunger in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and surrounding countries between March 17 and June 30, 2017, were matched on a 1:1 basis by the Government of Canada through its Famine Relief Fund.

The government has now allocated its matching fund to organizations working in those regions, including Foodgrains Bank members Canadian Lutheran World Relief and Development and Peace—Caritas Canada.

 “We’re grateful to the Government of Canada for amplifying the response of Canadians for those who are experiencing hunger, and for helping to show the millions of people who are suffering from hunger crises around the world that Canada hasn’t forgotten them,” says Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius.

“It’s clear that Canadians care about those who don’t have enough to eat.”

Since January, the Foodgrains Bank has committed $8 million worth of assistance to 140,000 people at risk of famine in South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, as well as in their surrounding regions.

–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator