Viterra Inc. (“Viterra”) and Canadian Foodgrains Bank are pleased to announce that Viterra is providing nearly 400 acres of land around six of its grain terminals in Alberta and Saskatchewan to the Foodgrains Bank to support its fight against global hunger.
The project builds on last year’s successful pilot project that saw Viterra provide the Foodgrains Bank with access to 42 acres of land to farm around its terminals in Balgonie, Saskatchewan and Stettler, Alberta.
“As a leading grain handler and marketer, we’re pleased to support the great work the Foodgrains Bank does in creating awareness about global hunger and trying to alleviate it in countries of need around the world,” says Kyle Jeworski, President and CEO of Viterra North America. “By growing our program we are able to provide our volunteer farmers more land, which means a larger overall contribution at harvest time.”
Farm families and communities in the Albertan towns of Lethbridge, Trochu and Stettler as well as Saskatchewan families and communities in Balgonie, Raymore and Grenfell are volunteering their time, equipment and resources to farm the land. Once harvested, proceeds from the sale of the crop will be donated to the Foodgrains Bank.
For Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius, the partnership is an opportunity to celebrate the generosity of the Canadian agricultural community and its heart for reaching out beyond Canadian borders.
“Viterra is a longstanding partner of the Foodgrains Bank,” he says. “We are excited to grow and expand our partnership in new ways, and we are grateful for Viterra’s continued support for the work of ending global hunger.”
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.
Viterra is Canada’s grain industry leader, supported by the expertise of its people, a superior network of assets, and unrivalled connections to world markets. Headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, our commitment to agriculture goes back over 100 years, partnering with farmers to market and move their crops to areas of need around the world. Our continued focus on operational excellence throughout North America allows us to efficiently handle, process, distribute and transport grains and oilseeds. We provide further value to our partners through a wide variety of contracting and risk management tools to help them realize the full potential of their crops. For more information on Viterra in North America, please visit www.viterra.com. Viterra is part of Glencore Agriculture, a global market leader in originating, handling, processing and marketing agricultural commodities.
About the Foodgrains Bank
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. In the 2017-18 budget year, the Foodgrains Bank provided over $37 million of assistance for over 800,000 people in 34 countries. Canadian Foodgrains Bank programs are undertaken with the financial support from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada. Assistance from the Foodgrains Bank is provided through its member agencies, which work with local partners in the developing world.