Foods Resource Bank Blog

A Report of Travel with FRB on a Youth Scholarship

As part of my internship with Week of Compassion, I was allowed to participate in an international cultural-work trip with one of the partners, Foods Resource Bank during my spring break. The area that the trip focused on was in Nicaragua, more specifically the Carazo region. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and puts the conditions of the country into more perspective.

06/04/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

And the Rains Came Down in Dodoma, Tanzania

A community in Dodoma in east-central Tanzania started construction of a new sand dam and well in June of 2011 and completed the work in November of the same year, just a few weeks before the expected rainy season was to start. The short rains usually come in late November or early December, but this year, after a six-month drought, the area got a lot of rain on November 7th.

05/29/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Going Deeper: Reflections on Work Learning Experiences in Central America

New at FRB this year were “work learning” experiences designed to combine North American enthusiasm for “doing” with an opportunity to experience overseas community leadership in action.  Local hosts directed our work and opened our eyes to new aspects of daily life we rarely think of in the U.S.

Transportation: Vans make transportation to cities easy but getting from cities to rural work sites is another matter; people and supplies jostled in the backs of pickup trucks. Road conditions, construction and/or aging vehicles sometimes meant walking the last hour or more up and down steep mountain trails.  A partner staff member always took the lead, for which I was especially grateful the morning he chased a coral snake off the path.

05/25/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Is There A Farmers Market Near Me?

Is there a farmers market near me?

Farmers markets have become more than just a place to buy fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables; they have also become neighbourhood gathering places. I was recently at a farmers market in Fort Myers, FL and I was amazed at the different kinds of produce available. Everything from fresh citrus to the actual trees themselves. Down in Fresno, CA people are enjoying the first stone fruits of the season alongside succulent strawberries making the perfect fruit salad in May while those of us in the north are patiently waiting for the first fruits. In the meantime we are feasting on early greens.

05/15/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

FRB's Eric Mattson Reflects on How Sharing Information Can Help Alleviate Hunger

Hearing the statistics on hunger can be overwhelming.  Nearly 1 billion people are chronically hungry.  That is nearly one in seven people!  With that many people hungry will it ever be possible to make a meaningful impact?  Well I wouldn’t be in this line of work if I didn’t believe it was possible to make a positive impact but I also realize I won’t be able to do it alone.  I feel that collaboration is the key.  

We at Foods Resource Bank have a wealth of people working with us to find the solutions.  We come from all different backgrounds, from all parts of the world, and we all bring different talents.  This is great because in development work there is never one solution.  Instead there are many, many ways to create lasting change.  The trick is to find a solution that comes from within the community by being open to new ideas and having access to resources that allow that community to try them out.   

05/08/2012 | Comments: 1 | Add Comment | Read More

Mr. Toh and Neighbors Measure Their Progress – Laos

Foods Resource Bank’s Laos Xieng Khouang program #8010
Led by Christian Reformed World Relief Committee with local partner CRWRC-Lao PDR


Last year Mr. Toh harvested three tons of rice from his small upland paddy fields, much more than he needed for his household. With profits from the sale of his excess, he was able to purchase a rice paddy not too far from the village where he lives with his wife and three small children. Mr. Toh will no longer have to plant upland fields which are very labor intensive to prepare, weed, plant and harvest. He looks forward to a higher rice harvest without the backbreaking labor of working on steep slopes. Ten other farm families in his village also purchased lowland rice paddy fields with their profits.

05/08/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Mr. Swol Now Farms For Himself

Foods Resource Bank’s India Patharkhmah program #9006
Led by Christian Reformed World Relief Committee with local partner, NEICORD

With hard work and a will to learn and get ahead, Mr. Swol has gone from being a hired hand to farming for himself to provide for his family. He lives with his wife and four children in a remote area of northern India characterized by steep mountain slopes and narrow valleys.

05/08/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Recipe of the Month: Kimchi (North Korean Staple)

Kimchi is a staple of Korean life and many people include it in their meals three times a day. You can eat it by itself, or use it in so many different Korean recipes. When Koreans make kimchi, they make an effort to make the best kimchi possible and include many different kinds of ingredients depending on the region where they live.

Today we will show how to make traditional easy kimchi.  Since kimchi does not use exact measurements, just try to follow the recipe step by step.  And remember, kimchi uses ingredients depending on the region, so if you don’t like an ingredient (such as squid) change it to something you do like, or leave it out altogether.  

05/07/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Honduran Youth Advocate for the Environment

Young people are active in FRB’s Nueva Frontera program in Honduras, knowing that protecting their environment protects their future. Their mountainous, forested country has suffered from years of mismanagement of natural resources and is considered to be the most vulnerable in the world to disasters such as floods, landslides, droughts, and forest fires, putting human life and economic resources at risk.

04/26/2012 | Comments: 1 | Add Comment | Read More

A Great Year for Peanuts in the Congo!

Foods Resource Bank’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Micro Devru program
Led by Presbyterian Church (USA) - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and local partner SANRU

This program has been supported by FRB's Community Growing Projects. For more information or to support this program or others like it, please visit the Overseas Program page on our website

Celebrate with the peanut producers of FRB’s Micro Devru program! Like farmers the world over, program participants depend on a variety of conditions beyond their control. Often the weather is fickle, yet sometimes it cooperates perfectly. The 2011 rains were steady and abundant, resulting in one of the best peanut harvests in years. Enjoy these pictures from the program, of families who’ve been able to get ahead this year. Photos courtesy of Micro Devru staff.

04/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More