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Longtime FRB volunteer receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

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Norm Braksick of the Kalamazoo/Portage MI office of Foods Resource Bank (FRB) recently received President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for Lifetime Achievement, in recognition of his many years of volunteer service, not only to FRB but to other organizations and causes. 

A minimum of 4000 hours of volunteering over a lifetime is required to obtain this award, and Norm has far surpassed that figure at FRB alone as volunteer Executive Director of Foods Resource Bank from 2000-2005, and volunteer Regional Development Staff from 2005 to the present.

11/06/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Closing the gender gap in agriculture through training in Uganda

One of the focuses of the FRB’s Uganda-West Nile program is equal gender involvement in agricultural production. In Uganda, the perception of farm work as women’s work is slowly changing through trainings. In fact, men like Bran are now helping their wives in the field!

Mariam and Bran have nine children. Mariam is a member of one of the programs Farmer Field Schools (FFS), and she always shares her knowledge with her family. As Bran explains it, “I was changed by the training on equal gender involvement in agriculture.

11/04/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Selling Apples to Help Plant Fruit Trees in the Central Africa Republic

YAKIMA, WA (October 28, 2013)—Ten Covenant churches will participate in bagging more than 600 pounds of pre-purchased apples on Saturday that were sold to raise $7,000 for a research and training farm in the Central Africa Republic (CAR).

Individual churches held pre-sales of apples, selling ten-pound bags for $10 each. That is equivalent to the cost of planting two fruit trees at the Centre d’Expérimentation et de Formation Agricole (Center for Experimentation and Training in Agriculture) in the CAR, says Mark Swanson, pastor of Wiley Heights Covenant Church in Yakima, which is facilitating the project.

11/01/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

News from the FRB growing project in Oxford IN

‘If you grow it, positive things will come’

By Clayton Doty Benton County (IN) Review, Oct. 16, 2013 editor@hoosiermediagroup.com

Combines in the field Sunday harvested an especially important crop on the Larry and Cheryl Winger farm south of Oxford. Members of the Oxford United Methodist Church and Lafayette First Christian Church helped celebrate the harvesting of their 20 acre corn “Field of Dreams.”

10/30/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Foods Resource Bank Harvests Corn to Feed the Hungry

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POLO (WIFR) -- The weather made for a good harvest this year allowing one group to raise a lot more money to help feed people around the world. 30 acres of corn on Polo, IL were harvested over the weekend to be sold to raise money for the Foods Resource Bank.

10/28/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

We need you! Join the CA Olive Harvest this Sunday!

Join members of the Davis Community Church and the Davis Community Corn Growing Project this Sunday 10/27 to harvest olives between the hours of 11am and 3 or 4pm. You do not need to commit to the whole afternoon--even if you have just an hour or two, we'll take it! We'll need responses from at least 20-30 people in the next day or two in order to move forward; otherwise, we will have to pass this year. Please respond to dcc_cornproject@yahoo.com if you are willing and able to pick. 

For a second year, the olives they pick will be milled by Mike Madison in Winters, bottled, labeled and sold after Sunday services – with 100 percent of the revenue going to support an FRB agriculture development project in a developing county sponsored by the Foods Resource Bank (foodsresourcebank.org). You don’t have to be in America to dream.  

10/21/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Somonauk, IL - Aurora pastor hosts book signing for FRB at Harvest Celebration

SOMONAUK — The Rev. Jeffrey G. Mikyska of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora, will conduct a book signing on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration in Somonauk. 

10/14/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Ohio Growing Project raises additional funds through quilt raffle

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We love getting news from our growing projects far and wide. Carol Sloan, FRB board director emeritus and volunteer growing project support staff, sent us this article and picture with the note, “St. Patrick’s Catholic Church has a staunch group of FRB ‘believers!’ I thought you’d like to see the picture that was in the paper.”Please email us pictures, magazine or newspaper articles, or radio/TV spots about your project at any time so we can share your news and creativity with the wider FRB audience.  And, my, look at that gorgeous quilt!

10/09/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Yakima WA GP... taking a bite out of hunger

The Yakima Washington Growing Project is selling apples for FRB. Check out thier website by following the link : http://sharing-the-harvest.com/

 

 

10/07/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Entrepreneurship + Opportunity = Success for Abraham in Sierra Leone

Before becoming a Private Service Provider (PSP), Abraham, now with FRB's Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program, was unemployed and did not have enough money to pay for his school fees. When he went home to visit his family on holiday, he heard of a CRS program training individuals to become experts in Savings and Internal Lending Communities(SILC) methodology. Immediately, Abraham recognized this as a great opportunity and enrolled himself in the training program. Four years later, he is a stand-out among his PSP peers and is recognized as CRS’s most successful PSP to date,as evidenced by his new motorbike.

09/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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