For the sixth year in a row, Viterra is making land around five of its terminals available for the work of ending global hunger through Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Across Alberta and Saskatchewan, just over 300 acres are being farmed this year.
Individual farmers and groups of farmers are volunteering their time, expertise and resources to farm the plots of land. Some projects operate as traditional growing projects, while others are farmed by nearby individual farmers taking on the few extra acres as part of their own.
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.
“Six years of working together is truly something to celebrate,” says Foodgrains Bank executive director Andy Harrington. “Land availability is continually a major issue for farmers who want to grow a crop for the Foodgrains Bank. We’re grateful for all farmers, growing projects, and Viterra staff who put their time and energy into helping people who are experiencing hunger around the world.”
“At Viterra, we have a long and proud history of helping farmers feed the world, and by working with CFGB we can reach those in need who don’t have access to quality food ingredients,” says Kyle Jeworski, CEO for Viterra North America. “I’d like to thank the farmers involved in this year’s campaign for generously donating their time and resources to support this initiative, as well as our employees for their support.”
Viterra terminals in Lethbridge and Trochu in Alberta and Viterra terminals in Balgonie, Raymore and Grenfell in Saskatchewan will all be seeded on behalf of the Foodgrains Bank. In total, 306 acres are part of the project.
Hunger response projects through the Foodgrains Bank include both humanitarian response projects that help people affected by things like conflict and natural disaster and development projects that help lift people out of poverty in the longer-term, often by providing agricultural training.
At Viterra, we believe in the power of connection. Our world-leading, fully integrated agriculture network connects producers to consumers with sustainable, traceable and quality-controlled agricultural products. With more than 17,500 talented employees operating in 37 countries, our strategic network of storage, processing and transport assets enable us to offer innovative solutions and open pathways for our customers, creating successful partnerships that last. Together, we are stronger, and achieve more.
About Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end hunger. In the 2020-21 budget year, the Foodgrains Bank provided $49 million of assistance for 989,000 people in 33 countries. Canadian Foodgrains Bank programs are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada. Assistance from the Foodgrains Bank is provided through its member agencies, which work with local partners in the developing world.
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Peter Flengeris Amanda Thorsteinsson
Viterra Canada Inc. Canadian Foodgrains Bank
(306) 569-4810 (204) 926-4233