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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
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,
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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.
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
Can we end hunger in this world? Should we even try? One only needs to look as far as the book of Leviticus to know that God has not only given us the command to feed the hungry but also the instructions on how to accomplish it.
"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest: you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien" (Leviticus 23:22).
Kenton and Autumn Hofer, farmers in South Dakota, have found a way to live out this command. Through their involvement in the Foods Resource Bank
The Myersville MD Growing project recently held their FRB kick-off Sunday. 2015 marks the 10th year for their Growing Project.
To celebrate they held a parade during the children's story. The children carried posters, each with a photo from program they have supported in the last 10 years, in a parade around the sanctuary. They also displayed a globe with markers for each country they have supported.
They also shared about thier program choice for 2015 and shared that beautiful slide show from the website set to music. In all, it was a wonderful day of celebration.
FRB is grateful for the faithful support of growing projects like Myersville. We look forward to reaching the next million farmers together!
DES MOINES — Conrad farmer Arlyn Schipper said participating in the Foods Resource Bank has given him peace in his soul.
Schipper, who is FRB executive committee vice chairman, shared what his organization is doing on a local and international level at last month's Iowa Hunger Summit in Des Moines.
"I'm here to talk about a organization I'm so proud of,
The Fremont area Foods Resource Bank (FRB) Growing Project, in partnership with the John Deere Foundation (JDF) and local 4-H clubs, has been honored to have Lydia Breen (Ensley/Newaygo Co. 4-H) and Brendan Carroll (Grant Livestock 4-H) join them in “growing lasting solutions to world hunger.”
The purpose of this collaboration, new in 2014,is to encourage agricultural learning among 4-H youth and to teach them about the development work FRB carries out overseas to help reduce world hunger.
Bob Sefrit is part of the Fairfax MO Growing Project. He was invited to give a testimony at the 2014 Annual Gathering in August. Below are the words he shared about his involvement in FRB.
My involvement with FRB began in 2007 when 12 members of our Fairfax United Methodist men stepped forward and said they would support a Foods Resource Bank Project. I volunteered 10 acres along Hwy 46 East of Fairfax. We planned to keep the project small so that we could control it. God had other plans