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Planting Pineapples, Harvesting Hope

Check out the video below by World Hope International!

FRB's Sierra Leone - West program works with smallholder farmers who live in the area of a former Internal Displaced Person's camp during the 1991-2002 civil war. Through the cultivation of pineapple, farmers are integrated into the supply chains of export-oriented processing companies.

11/15/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

FRB’s Bev Abma nominated for World Food Prize


Bev Abma, FRB’s longtime Executive Director of Overseas Programming, got a big surprise at her August 10, 2013 retirement celebration in Byron Center MI.  Foods Resource Bank had nominated her for the prestigious World Food Prize (WFP) for 2013, in the areas of nutrition, rural development, social organization, and poverty elimination.  The prize is awarded each year to persons who become role models for advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Doesn’t that fit Bev Abma to a T?

11/13/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Sowing peace, building food security after armed conflict in Colombia

After decades of armed conflict, FRB’s Colombia-Sincelejo program seeks to support human rights and peace building through training in sustainable agriculture, water management, organizational capacity building, and community transformation.The population suffered heavy personal losses during the nearly 50 years of conflict, as a result of the country-wide violence, displacement, corruption, and environmental degradation.

Colombia is now in the process of peace dialogues, and local program staff is committed to standing with the people

11/08/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Longtime FRB volunteer receives President’s Volunteer Service Award


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

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


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 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 ( 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
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