Canadian Farmers Helping to End World Hunger

farmer“It was a great day for God and great day for the poorer of the poor.”

That’s how Leo Seguin, one of the organizers for the Westlock growing project, described the September 2012 canola harvest in Westlock, Alberta.

Over 100 people, including CLWR board president Marcus Busch, turned up to celebrate the harvest, which took nine combines only 2.5 hours to bring in the field of canola.  The crop brought in over $90,000.00 to help people who don’t have enough to eat.

Revenues are deposited to the CLWR account at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to assist Support for Sustainable Development, an organization working in the Aura District of Ethiopia.  Through donations like this one, irrigation projects are able to help farmers get the water they need to grow food for their families and communities.

The Westlock growing project has been raising money to help end global hunger since 2000, and has raised over $500,000.00 to date.

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The Ausmus family of Leader, Saskatchewan, knows the value of supporting CLWR’s work through the Foodgrains Bank.

The family – Randy and Marion and sons Zane and Brandt – regularly donate proceeds from the sale of crops from their farm to CLWR’s account in the Foodgrain’s Bank.

“It’s the best time of the year!” says Marion, when harvest time rolls around. “It’s so exciting to see how we have been blessed with a wonderful crop, and to know that every bushel will have an impact on the lives of people who have so little to eat.” 

She knows that ending hunger is a big challenge, but says that “if we all do our part, as small as it may seem, together we really can make a difference.”

In 1983, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) was one of the founding members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end world hunger.  Since its founding, the Foodgrains Bank has provided over 1.1 million tonnes of food and seeds worth over $682 million to millions of people in 78 countries.  At the same time, it has grown to become one of Canada’s leading food assisting organizations.

For more information about the work of CLWR and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, visit: www.clwr.org or call: 1-800-661-2597.

The author of the “Go!” blog is a member of the Board of Directors of CLWR. The Source of Information: Promotional letter sent to CLWR donors.

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