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Thank You for Tackling Hunger - Video from LWR

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A lovely little video from one of FRB's implementing partners, Lutheran World Relief. We currently partner with them on programs in Bolivia, India, Nicaragua, Peru and Uganda.

We share this to thank all people who are involved in helping people overcome challenges and grow lasting solutions to hunger!

05/13/2016 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Tackling hunger, one seed at a time

For Darla Stewart and other Waverly First United Methodist Church members, a garden project has become a hands-on mission.

Stewart, an administrative assistant at the church, said the garden was planted this year to grow fresh food for the community and to raise funds for an overseas project through the Foods Resource Bank.

Stewart said the children who attend the church’s Sunday School program have been working on the garden to grow peas, lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables. An acre of sweet corn was recently added.

This is teaching the children about charity, Stewart said. “It’s not just throwing money at something,” she said. “It’s actually doing mission [work] with their hands and their hearts to help others.”

05/11/2016 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Free to Serve

April 26, 2016 - On March 29, I was honored to be among the 250 people gathered at the Hall of Laureates in Des Moines, Iowa for “Women and Agriculture: The Road to Global Security”. Organized by the Foods Resource Bank, Oxfam America, and the World Food Prize Foundation, the event celebrated the critical leadership of women and the importance of ensuring human rights and eliminating hunger in order to achieve global peace and security.

Iowa’s Senator Joni Ernst shared a particularly powerful source of inspiration. While in college, she had the opportunity, through a government exchange program, to work alongside peasant farmers on a collective farm in then communist Ukraine. After a full day of manual labor, there were no tractors available on the collective farm, the Ukrainians and Americans would eat supper together. These conversations often included questions about agriculture in the United States, but the Ukrainians were even more interested in what it was like to be free.

What is it like to be free?

05/10/2016 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Ruben’s Tree: In Armenia, a hopeful, caring gesture symbolizes FRB’s mission

How many of us even notice roadside vegetation, let alone stop and think how it got there? A lone maple tree on the road between Yerevan and Shirak Province in Armenia has a heartwarming history. How it survived in the harsh, dry climate has a parallel with the slow but steady work of ag development, and the nurturing inherent in all of Foods Resource Bank’s food security programming overseas.

A number of years ago, thousands of trees were planted along the roads in Armenia with the goal of revitalizing neglected and isolated communities

03/24/2016 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Farmers, churches help overseas farms via Foods Resource Bank

Richard Aparco of Peru stood nervously before about 50 people at Assumption Parish in O'Fallon and discussed crop rotation and yields, organic fertilizer, greenhouses, irrigation and more.
An agronomist coordinator of a Foods Resource Bank program in Peru coordinated by Lutheran World Relief, Aparco added a bushel of thanks to supporters of the Christian response to world hunger.

Speaking with the help of translator Alex Morse of Kansas City, Kan., the first-time visitor to the United States

02/26/2016 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Pancake Power!

A recent pancake breakfast by the Conrad IA Growing Project raised $1,600. The funds will be used to help pay for travel costs for 7 travelers to an upcoming trip to Guatemala. 

The group of 7 include students and adults from the local community. They will travel to Guatemala for about two weeks in March and visit several FRB projects there.

Interested in traveling with FRB? Check out our upcoming trips on the Travel page on our website.

02/15/2016 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

11 Churches participate in the “Seeds of Hope” Growing Project

One million people have been helped to become food secure in the first 15 years of existence of Foods Resource Bank.  FRB is the parent organization of the local growing project, Seeds of Hope.  A goal has been set to reach another 1 million persons in the next 7 years.

This year the local growing project has been supporting a program in Nicaragua that helps farmers

01/20/2016 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Growing Project hosts Nativity Display for FRB

Friendship Christian Reformed Church in Byron Center ushered in December with a display of Nativity sets from 29 different countries during a "Come to Bethlehem" ladies dinner and Saturday Open House. More than 350 people enjoyed the display.

12/15/2015 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Ways to give to FRB this Holiday Season

Your gift to FRB makes a lasting difference in the lives of hungry people all around the world. For an average of $55 you can help one of FRB's program participants achieve food security. Please consider one or more of these gift options listed below as you shop and plan your end of the year giving. 

12/14/2015 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Homegrown help for those overseas

OTTAWA, Ill. — At a time when farmers’ bottom lines are feeling the bite of lower commodity prices, so are charities that benefit from the sale of farm commodities.“It makes a huge difference. It’s reducing what we can send,” Jerry Lundeen said. Lundeen is a board member of the Foods Resource Bank and the coordinator of its Somonauk Growing Project.

Foods Resource Bank is a Christian organization, based in Western Springs, that links urban and rural churches in growing projects that help people in developing nations grow and produce their own food. 

Once a year, different growing projects come together for a harvest celebration. At the Randy and Judy Rosengren farm near Ottawa, 28 churches representing the

10/30/2015 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More