Foods Resource Bank Blog

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

Seeds of Faith raising money for needy people worldwide

It's a cause that befits its name, Seeds of Faith, as seeds are literally planted through faith so that others less fortunate may reap the benefits throughout the world. The brainchild of Lowell and Cindy Baker of the Congregational UCC Church in Shenandoah 11 years ago, Seeds of Faith has now raised over $200,000 for impoverished people in 3rd-World countries.

Lowell first heard about the Foods Resource Bank in 2004 and thought it would be a great missions project for his church,

10/29/2015 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Olives offer an impressive fundraising opportunity

I just called to say olive you.

Armed with hats, gloves and smiles, more than 40 volunteers came calling Sunday to show their love at Jim and Andrea Mayer’s olive orchard on County Road 27 in Woodland by picking as many olives as possible for a good cause.

In a joint fundraising effort between Davis Community Church and Woodland Presbyterian Church, the harvested olives will be pressed by the Mayers’ Frate Sole Olive Oil Company into extra virgin olive oil and sold at the Davis Farmers Market, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Foods Resource Bank Davis Growing Project, which supports communities overseas working to end hunger.

10/27/2015 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

IN Church Grows Crops for Worlds Hungry

Solving world hunger is an ongoing problem for all nations. One solution is to provide food, but another is to help the mostly poor, rural families in less developed countries who lack the means and education to grow their own food.

At Union Center Church of the Brethren Church near Nappanee, the congregation has embraced the philosophy of self-sufficiency for these areas of the world. The church uses the profit from its own farmland and members' land to finance educational projects and farm supplies through a nonprofit organization known as Foods Resource Bank.

As a Missions and Service commission member for the church, Carl Detwiler was looking for a venture with global outreach

10/26/2015 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More