The Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Viterra are celebrating their six-year partnership.
Viterra is once again making land around some of its grain terminals in Saskatchewan and Alberta available for growing projects.
Musu Taylor-Lewis, the CFGB Director of Resources and Public Engagement, says the land is farmed by community groups and farmers in those communities to raise awareness and funds for the work of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
The Canadian Foodgrain Bank Growing Projects are set up at two Viterra terminals in Alberta - Lethbridge and Trochu and at three facilities in Saskatchewan in Balgonie, Raymore and Grenfell and involve about 300 acres of land.
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 globally, since 2017, $65,000 has been raised through the growing projects.
Taylor-Lewis notes their members are working overseas to provide food where it is needed in emergencies, but also long-term programs to improve food security for families around the world.
She says the impact of the contributions that are made as a result of the farms and the growing projects on these lands is key.
"In times of emergency like we see today in India, in last year, we saw the explosion at the Port of Beirut in Lebanon. Currently, there's famine in Yemen and in South Sudan, and there is a refugee crisis in Venezuela. In parts of the world that are experiencing crisis, which leads to people losing their livelihoods, losing their homes and leaving and facing hunger. Canadians are contributing to seeing families through these difficult crisis periods."
Kyle Jeworski, CEO for Viterra North America, says 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.