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Double-benefit feed auction held at Killarney

Charity feed auction garnered ‘heartwarming’ support ahead of sale

In another year, Nancy Howatt of Manitou would have been picking out a steer to donate and bring to the ring at the Killarney Auction Mart. It’s become something of an annual tradition for the producer, with the proceeds going to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. This year, however, is different. This year, there was crisis

Harvest underway on the first of the Landmark growing project’s two wheat fields on August 17.

‘Bringing in the sheaves’ a community effort

For the Foodgrains Bank growing project in Landmark, harvest means gathering together

It’s a hot, humid morning on a gravel road just outside Landmark. A gaggle of 30 or 40 dads, moms, young kids, teens and seniors clump together with lawn chairs and water bottles as eight combines whir to life. “Makes short work when you’ve got this many,” says Matt Plett, a committee member for the


Foodgrains Bank program to bring COVID relief to African countries

Foodgrains Bank program to bring COVID relief to African countries

The pandemic has made bad situations worse in countries struggling with conflict, displacement and economic disaster

A $10-million federal grant will help Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners bring aid to several African countries affected by COVID-19, the organization announced May 27. “(The pandemic) has made a bad situation worse,” said program manager Stefan Epp-Koop. “Many of these countries have conflict or political instability, high levels of displacement — people being forced to

H.E.L.P. growing project members Ron Tone (left) and Gerry Lahaie (right) with donated items outside Grunthal Auction Mart.

Growing project’s auction raises thousands for Foodgrains Bank

Dairy farmers, businesses donated livestock, food and products for the online fundraiser

The farmers of the H.E.L.P. growing project (Helping Everyone Live Properly) in southeastern Manitoba went online to auction off cattle, food, services and other items and raised about $48,000 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. “If we can do a little bit to help, that’s a big start,” said Ron Tone, a member of the growing

Foodgrains Bank disappointed yet hopeful after 2021 budget release

Foodgrains Bank disappointed yet hopeful after 2021 budget release

Canada is doing less than its fair share towards global aid and development, experts say

The Canadian government’s commitments to humanitarian assistance is a “promising start” but not what was hoped for or needed, says the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. “The federal government must make stable, adequate funding available for long-term development, to help lift the world’s poorest people out of poverty,” said Paul Hagerman, the Foodgrains Bank’s director of public policy in a news release


Andy Harrington is the new executive director of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. He comes to the position with decades of international development experience.

New Foodgrains Bank head commits to standing with marginalized

World hunger on the rise after many years of decline, organization says

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank will continue to feed the hungry and work to change the systems causing poverty but it will be hard, said new executive director Andy Harrington and outgoing executive director Jim Cornelius on a webinar with supporters on November 10. Global hunger is on the rise after many years of decline, Harrington

Robert Gikunda trains Mary Karimi, a project participant, on how to use smartphones for data collection at a hotel in Mukothima, Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya on October 2, 2020.

Recovery will be a long haul, says Canadian Foodgrains Bank

In the midst of deepening worldwide need, Canadian donors stepped up

For some families in countries without social safety nets, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to eat less or sell assets that might have helped them recover, says the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. “The numbers of people who will be experiencing hunger are going up,” said Musu Taylor-Lewis, director of resources and public engagement at

Jim Cornelius visits with Victoria Loki and her baby, Cecilia, in South Sudan in 2015.

Always on mission

Outgoing Canadian Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius reflects on a career of international development

The food aid was two months late. Niger was in the grip of drought and for many complicated reasons, the food aid the Canadian Foodgrains Bank had ordered had not reached the village Jim Cornelius was visiting that morning. He sat under a tree with a woman and her child. As she told him they


African farmers disrupted by COVID will benefit from funds from the Canadian government. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank says such help is sorely needed.

Federal funds to help African farmers

The $3-million program will focus on supporting small-scale farmers hit hard by COVID-19 disruptions

New funding from the federal government will support small-scale farmers in Africa, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank announced September 3. “The small-scale farmers we work with in developing countries have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 prevention methods,” said outgoing Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius in a news release. “Drastic efforts to reduce the spread of

Members of the BMW growing project in 
Boissevain plan this year’s crop via Zoom meeting.

Foodgrains Bank bringing food aid to locked-down families

Manitoba growing projects preparing to plant as fundraising becomes crucial

Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects in Manitoba are preparing to plant as usual despite the complications of COVID-19. These fundraisers will be more crucial than ever, as a worldwide health crisis quickly is becoming a food crisis, the organization says. “The situation is very dire. Families can’t last more than a few more weeks like