Foods Resource Bank Blog

Byran OH Soybeans for FRB

The harvest of the soybean crop for the Foods Resource Bank will soon occur. Pictured are representatives of the principal sponsors of the project,

09/18/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

SILC Allows Pa Alie to Open Shop and Open Possibilities in Sierra Leone

Three years ago Alie Bangura, known locally as Pa Alie, was a subsistence farmer and a driver on the side. His fields were unproductive, his family undernourished, and his children uneducated. To make matters worse, when Pa Alie’s vehicle broke down, he could not afford to repair it and therefore lost his job as a driver. Today, however, Pa Alie is a business owner and respected chairman of his SILC (savings and internal loan club)group as part of FRB's Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program.

09/18/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Vine to Wine with FRB!

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What started as a the pratical application from a vitaculture class thier son took in college, has led FRB friends and farmers, Doug and Deb Harford, to brainstorm a fun and interactive addtion to thier growing project. 

On September 7th they invite you to come and be part of the farm as they harvest the grapes in their local IL vineyard and make them into wine.

08/30/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

2013 Annual Gathering Recap

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Thank you to everyone who was part of FRB's 2013 Annual Gathering! Below is a recap of the event. Pictures are now avalible on Flickr!

Friendship CRC was the beautiful and uplifting setting for Foods Resource Bank’s summer board meeting and annual gathering August 8-10.  FRB extends its sincere gratitude to the many volunteers who warmly welcomed, guided, fed, informed, and entertained the nearly 300 guests.

08/26/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

A Polished Stone

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Today, Friday August 23, 2013, is Bev Abma's last day with Foods Resource Bank. Please hold her in your thoughts and prayers as she begins a new phase in her life.

If you've ever been carried across a river on the back of a nice young Bolivian man, you might be Bev Abma.

If you make it a rule NEVER to ask what it is you’re eating, you might be Bev Abma.

If you've ever accepted a live chicken as a thank-you gift on your way out of an African village, you might be Bev Abma.

As we approach retirement, we often wonder have we made a difference or would life be the same if we had not passed through it.

08/23/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Building Happy and Healthy Families In Nepal

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FRB's new Nepal-Bhatigachha program seeks to respond to the widespread malnutrition and seasonal hunger among marginalized landless famlies in the Bhatigachha district, by developing sustainablel livelihoods through access to leased land, and training in agricultural production. It is envisioned that this will enable marginalized communities to break out of the cycle of hunger and labour exploitation and improve their families' nutritional status and income by farming for themselves, rather than for landlords. 

08/21/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Beehives bring new opportunities to children in Armenia

Bees and their honey are a cornerstone of the progress of FRB’s Armenia FHSLD program. Beekeeping has been added as part of a farming operation in the local children's center which is bringing benefits, not only in nutrition but in training for life skills and teamwork. 

08/16/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Dusuba's new house! …evidence of SILC Success

Like most others in the village of Gberia Timbakor, Dusuba struggled to meet her family’s necessities––food, shelter, and education. With a husband and six children, her small rice and groundnut farm was not enough to meet those needs. That is, until she joined a SILC group through FRB's Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program. Now, she says, she has overcome all of her obstacles.

08/14/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Culturally relevant agribusiness for smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone-West program is a business-oriented poverty-reduction initiative of World Hope International (WHI) in conjunction with FRB. The program works with smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone to develop sustainable, culturally relevant agribusiness enterprises at the village level, such as growing and selling mangoes and pineapples to a local juice processor.

Communities in the program area are exceedingly vulnerable. Lack of employment among men and women of working age causes poverty. Lack of capital to cultivate food creates food insecurity.

08/02/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Learning Meetings Inspire Greater Care for Neighbors in Uganda

Recently, a guest participant at a learning meeting FRB hosted in June 2013 in Uganda shared the following with FRB staff: 

"Our church has a ministry for women living with HIV AIDS in which we helped decrease stigma and help them openly declare their status. This has encouraged other people in the community to go for testing and counseling, starting retroviral drugs and living in positive lifestyles for their own safety. 

07/26/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More