A new way for Canadian farmers to help end global hunger
Do you want to support Canadian Foodgrains Bank, but don’t live near a Foodgrains Bank growing project? No problem!
Through the new Grain Growers of Canada Virtual Growing Project, now you can pledge acres from your farm to help people in the developing world—and be part of a virtual community of people working together to end global hunger.
Here’s how you can get involved:
Send an e-mail to Grain Growers of Canada (email@example.com) to sign up and pledge the number of acres you wish to donate to the project. Include your name, address and number of acres you are pledging. After signing up, you will be added to the project list. As a member of the Virtual Growing project, you will receive updates about project activity and the work of the Foodgrains Bank around the world.
At harvest time, take your crop to your local elevator, telling elevator staff how much you pledged to donate to the Foodgrains Bank. Elevator staff will prepare a ticket for the donated amount, giving a copy to you and sending a copy to the Foodgrains Bank. The Foodgrains Bank will issue a tax receipt for the value of the grain donated on the day of delivery. At the end of the year, the amount donated will be totaled and announced by Grain Growers of Canada, and everyone will be invited to celebrate.
“The Virtual Growing Project is not intended to take away from existing growing projects,” says Richard Phillips, Executive Director of Grain Growers of Canada. “It’s designed for farmers who don’t live near one. It’s a way for them to be part of a virtual community who want to help people in the developing world. Together, we can combine our acres and our efforts to help people who don’t have enough to eat.”
Grain Growers of Canada is a national organization of over 80,000 successful farmers from major grain, pulse and oilseed producer groups across the country. Known as the national voice of Canadian grain farmers, we are devoted to representing their interests in national policy development. For more information visit www.ggc-pgc.ca.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church-based agencies working to end global hunger. Together with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), in 2010 the organization provided $38 million of assistance to 2.3 million people in 35 countries.