Let us run with perseverance – from the executive director

Thursday, April 29, 2021
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...there is a time and place for a marathon.

Andy Harrington

A message from the desk of the executive director:

So much of our work here at the Foodgrains Bank seems like a sprint—an urgent race to get food to the hungry people who need it in the midst of crisis. Of course, when there are people experiencing severe hunger, we must run toward them as fast as we can. But I do think there is a time and place for a marathon.

As the Book of Hebrews says ‘Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.’ Here at Foodgrains, we recognize that perseverance is key to our vision of a world without hunger.

Our spring issue of Breaking Bread takes a look at what it takes to end hunger in the longer-term. In our cover article, you will see that our five-year Scaling-Up Conservation Agriculture program is one example of a marathon. Over five years of hard work has added up to widespread community-level and even national level change, well beyond the scope of the original projects.

You’ll also notice that our cover letter of the spring Breaking Bread is authored by two young adults, Melissa and Mark Tiessen-Dyck, who are making an impact through regular, predictable monthly giving. We’re excited to see a new generation taking on the challenge and grateful for their generosity and foresight, as well as for the generosity of all of you who make the work of ending hunger possible.

I also invite you to consider going to our Advocacy page and visiting our Harvest of Letters campaign, where you can write a letter to your MP urging them to voice their support of Canadian aid to the Minister of International Development and Minister of Finance.

Thank you for standing with people facing hunger around the world during these turbulent times. While I am confident better times are ahead, I continue to be profoundly grateful for running this marathon along with you.

Andy Harrington, Executive Director

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