Introducing Growing Hope Worldwide

After an extensive process that involved in-depth research as well as interviews and focus groups with staff and key supporters, we are excited to announce that we will be adopting a new name and logo on October 1, 2018:

Our new name reflects our agricultural roots and the key role that we play in helping people a world away lift themselves out of poverty and hunger, providing hope for generations to come.
 
Our logo contains three, interrelated parts: a circle, a green heart, and three lines of soil.

Symbolizing rows of crops and levels of transformation program participants go through as they lift themselves up, the lines of soil also show the deep roots of our Christian faith.

The green heart symbolizes our Growing Projects and the seeds of hope that they plant for people around the world. It also represents our belief that people living in extreme poverty can grow and flourish when provided opportunity.

Our devotion to people around the world is shown by the circle enclosing the elements.

Having a name and logo that better capture the spirit of our organization will inspire more people to join us and start new Growing Projects, ultimately helping us reach more hungry people around the world.
 
What’s Next?
We are also developing a new website. Our goal is to create an easier to use, more engaging website that serves as a useful resource to you and anyone interested in learning more about our organization. You’ll also receive additional information on this project in the coming weeks.
 
How Do We Have the Resources for This?
Buchanan Brand + Design, the branding experts working with us on this project, is generously donating a substantial portion of their services to significantly lower the cost. In addition, we received a major grant to cover the balance of this project along with several other communication initiatives designed to support our volunteer-led Growing Projects.

Share the Good News!
While we realize it will take time to get used to our new name, we hope you will join us in sharing our excitement for the new energy and potential it provides our organization. Be sure to join our Townhall Webinar to learn more and ask questions. And, please help spread the word about our new name as well as the many ways we are growing hope and making a lasting difference to those in need around the world. 

Your support is one of our greatest blessings.

 

Meet Our New CEO

Max Finberg, our new President and CEO

We are pleased to announce that Max Finberg is joining Foods Resource Bank, soon to be known as Growing Hope Worldwide, as President and CEO on September 1, 2018.

Max has 25 years of experience working to end hunger and poverty in both the United States and around the world, most recently serving as a director of the United Nation’s World Food Program in Rome, Italy, the world’s largest humanitarian agency.

In addition, Max has held senior positions with AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America, the domestic Peace Corps), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of State, and the White House, where he gained a deep understanding of sustainable agricultural development and worked to inspire and encourage faith leaders and others to end hunger. He holds a master’s degree in religious studies from Howard University’s School of Divinity and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Tufts University.

Along with his wife Kate and their two children, Max is looking forward to moving back to their home in Maryland. He also is excited to get to know the FRB family and join us in our goal to reach even more people in need around the world and support them in growing lasting solutions to hunger.

 

Join us September 6 (8 pm eastern time/7 pm central) for a town hall webinar where you will hear more from Max, learn about our new name, Growing Hope Worldwide, and have the opportunity to ask questions.  Register here.

Watch a Webinar

Join us for a webinar where you'll learn more about the work we do, our travels, and the ways FRB is positively impacting lives around the world!

 

Register for Upcoming Webinars

Meet Max Finberg, our new President and CEO

Join us on September 6th to hear from our new President and CEO, Max Finberg!  You'll also have a chance to hear about our new name, Growing Hope Worldwide, and to ask and have us answer your questions.  Click here to register!

 

View Past Webinars

Conflict, Agriculture and Peacebuilding in Columbia

Alex Morse and Pat Mino will share their experinces from their recent trip to Columbia, highlighting the ways in which agriculture is playing an important role in peacebuilding and healing communities torn apart by conflict and violence. Click here to learn more!

Investing in Change: Working Alongside Kenyan Villagers

Eric Mattson, and Karon and Paul Speckman will transport you to Kenya throuh moving stories and photos from their visit. Click here to learn about their encounters, including the ways savings and loan programs are improving food security and how raising chickens is reducing domestic violence. 

Leveling the Field:  Creating Pathways to Success for Women in Developing Countries

In honor of International Women's Day, this special webinar highlights how FRB is helping women in developing countries overcome the challenges of gender inequality and thrive as farmers, small business owners, and leaders in their communities.  Watch here.

Spring Kickoff for Growing Project Leaders

Our Growing Project teams are absolutely vital to the success of FRB’s mission. Watch this  30-minute webinar designed to thank, inspire, and bless you as the GP season revs up!  

What We Carry In Our Hearts

Becky Morris interviews Kevin Nelson about their trip to visit programs in Nicaragua. Together they share their experiences and inspirational stories of the people they met. Watch here.

 

Travel with FRB

Overseas Trips

Several times a year we visit our programs in various countries.  If you're interested in joining us on one of these trips, please contact us for more information.

Following are the upcoming overseas trips. ALL dates are subject to change: 

Region

 Dates  Staff

Guatemala Four Departments

 July 14-22, 2018 Alex Morse

Argentina/Bolivia Gran Chaco

August 18-25, 2018

Alex Morse

Zambia/Zimbabwe

Summer 2018 TBD

Eric Mattson

Burkina Faso

September 2018 TBD

Eric Mattson

Honduras Comayaga & Nuevo Frontera

Oct 27-Nov 4, 2018 FULL

Alex Morse

India/Bangladesh

January 4-20, 2019

Rachel Conley