Viterra Gives Boost to Foodgrains Bank

Friday, October 4, 2013

Will donate $5 for each tonne of grain donated through its grain handling network

Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s efforts to end global hunger are getting a boost from Viterra, one of Canada’s leading handlers of grain.

The company, which each year receives over 5,000 tonnes of donated grain from Canadian farmers, has agreed to donate $5 for each tonne of grain donated to the Foodgrains Bank through its extensive grain handling and marketing network.
“Viterra is pleased to partner with the Foodgrains Bank and support its goal of ending global hunger,” said Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s President and CEO for North America.

 “Thanks to the generosity of our farm customers across Western Canada, we have collected significant contributions in the past through our asset network, and encourage them to contribute again this year.”

Over the past three years Canadian farmers have donated 17,103 tonnes of grain worth $4,610,371 to the Foodgrains Bank through Viterra’s grain facilities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. 
“We welcome Viterra’s support,” says Foodgrains Bank Executive Director Jim Cornelius. “This donation will help us provide assistance to more people who don’t have enough to eat.”
Funds donated by Viterra, part of the Agricultural Business Segment of Glencore,  a producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities, will be used by the Foodgrains Bank’s member agencies to support food assistance, agriculture and livelihood, and nutrition programs for people in the developing world.

In 2012-13 the Foodgrains Bank provided $43 million of assistance for 2.1 million people in 37 countries. This included over 40,000 tonnes of food and seed. This was made possible through support from farmers, other Canadians, churches, companies and the Government of Canada.
For more information about Viterra, visit their website.