Regina, SK - Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Viterra Inc. (“Viterra”) are teaming up for the third year in a row to partner with Canadian farmers to help hungry people around the world.
Viterra terminals in Lethbridge, Trochu and Stettler in Alberta and Viterra terminals in Raymore and Grenfell in Saskatchewan will all be seeded on behalf of the Foodgrains Bank.
Volunteer farmers and growing projects from each location are donating their time, expertise and resources to farm the various plots of land.
“One of the main challenges we hear from farmers wanting to donate a crop to the Foodgrains Bank or to start a growing project is the issue of land,” says Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius.
“2019 marks 30 years of Canadian farmers coming together to collectively grow crops for the Foodgrains Bank on donated or rented land. It’s creative support like this from Viterra that will help growing projects continue being a successful avenue for Canadian farmers to create positive change in the world for another 30 years,” he adds.
“We’re pleased to continue growing our relationship with the Foodgrains Bank by providing them access to land around our elevators,” says Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s President and CEO for North America. “This team effort between our organizations and the farmers who generously donate their time to plant and harvest the crops each year, is a great example of how combining our resources can significantly help a worthy cause.”
For the first time in the three-year partnership, a Hutterite colony has taken up Viterra’s offer of land. The Raymore Hutterite colony will be seeding 60 acres of peas. The other locations are being farmed by a combination of growing projects and individuals.
When the crops are harvested, the proceeds from the sale of the crop are donated to the Foodgrains Bank, and used to fund hunger response projects around the world.
Viterra is Canada's grain industry leader, supported by the expertise of its people, a superior network of assets, and unrivalled connections to world markets. Headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, our commitment to agriculture goes back over 100 years, partnering with farmers to market and move their crops to areas of need around the world. Our continued focus on operational excellence throughout North America allows us to efficiently handle, process, distribute and transport grains and oilseeds. We provide further value to our partners through a wide variety of contracting and risk management tools to help them realize the full potential of their crops. For more information on Viterra in North America, please visit www.viterra.com. Viterra is part of Glencore Agriculture, a global market leader in originating, handling, processing and marketing agricultural commodities.
About Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger by:
Supporting international programs to meet immediate food needs, reduce malnutrition, and achieve sustainable food security;
Influencing improvements in national and international policies that contribute to ending global hunger; and
Increasing and deepening the engagement of Canadians in efforts to end global hunger.
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Peter Flengeris Amanda Thorsteinsson
Corporate Affairs Communications Coordinator
Viterra Inc. Canadian Foodgrains Bank