Harvesting for the Hungry

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Against a backdrop of Alberta skies and brilliant fall colors, farmers from several Alberta churches brought in the harvest to feed the world’s hungry.

Members of the Woodynook and Bethel Christian Reformed Churches in Lacombe, Alberta, along with church members from other denominations, harvested 175 acres of Canada Spring Wheat for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Their yield of 11,430 bushels, raising more than $35,000, will be matched by the Canadian government 4 to 1.

The Lacombe growing project was just one of more than 200 such projects run by farmers across Canada for the Foodgrains Bank. Farmers donate land, and volunteers plant and harvest the crop using donated seed, fertilizer, and herbicides.

The Christian Reformed Church in Canada is one of 13 denominations that make up the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Last year farmers donated more than 20,000 metric tons of grain, which, with cash donations, reached a total of $6.8 million. Food aid was shipped to countries around the world.

For more information about the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, see www.foodgrainsbank.ca.

    —Rachel de Koning Kraay


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