GFM Network News


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


The Arborg growing project harvested 75 acres of wheat on September 9 with six combines and one swather. The project yielded 4,175 bushels, raising just over $25,000, said a spokesperson from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Foodgrains Bank fundraising fields still waiting for harvest

Other growing projects saw excellent yields, which may even out donations

Several Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects are struggling to get their crops in, said Manitoba representative Gordon Janzen on Oct. 22. “Its been a tough harvest season and we feel for all those farmers who haven’t been able to complete harvest yet,” said Janzen. At the time, the Foodgrains Bank had seven projects with around

HyLife officially announced a gift of $125,000 to STARS air ambulance at Bethesda Regional Health Centre in early October. From left to right: Brent Bekiaris, STARS flight paramedic and mobile education leader; Grant Lazaruk, HyLife CEO; Don Janzen, HyLife chairman and Grant Therrien, STARS director of Manitoba operations.

STARS flying high after HyLife Foods donation

STARS says the $125,000 received from HyLife Foods 
will go to an as-yet unannounced innovation

STARS has another $125,000 to work with thanks to HyLife Foods. The pork company announced the six-figure donation Oct. 3 at Steinbach’s Bethesda Regional Health Centre. Grant Lazaruk, HyLife Foods CEO, said the donation reflected their continuing support of STARS, support that the company dates back to 2013. “At HyLife, our mission is, ‘We take

Shoal Lake Grade 12 student Austin Tataryn received his laptop from Richardson Pioneer representative Rick Kienas at a June 12 presentation at Shoal Lake School.

Gently used laptops find a new home

Former Richardson employee works with the company to donate surplus machines to high school graduates

Thirty high school students from Shoal Lake and Strathclair each recently received a refurbished laptop thanks to a joint initiative by Shoal Lake School alumna Jennifer Stefansson and Richardson International Limited. The new program is for high school graduates who have contributed to their community but do not have a laptop and intend to pursue


Supporters of the Arborg and District Growing project pose for a portrait on harvest day. Meaza Melkamu, (second from right), a policy adviser working for the Foodgrains Bank’s conservation agriculture program in Nairobi was on site to take part in the harvest gathering that afternoon.

Growing projects celebrate a successful 2017

Canadian Foodgrains Bank ‘farm’ last year covered 
16,640 acres and stretched from the Maritimes to Alberta

Canadian Foodgrains Bank staff often refer to growing project acres planted across the country as “the farm,” and last year it covered 16,640 acres. Projects from P.E.I. to Alberta involving what also adds up to thousands of supporters sowed them to wheat, barley, corn, pulses, soybeans, canola and other grains. Roughly 5,000 of the Canadian

Ag Days gives back to Manitobans

Every year Ag Days tries to give something back to Manitoba’s agriculture sector and rural communities. This year they’re slated to provide $26,000 in grants to agriculture-related charities, organizers say. “We want to support the communities that our exhibitors and patrons live in,” said Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days general manager. “Being able to contribute

It takes many pairs of hands to keep the bustling Carman MCC Thrift Shop operating. The non-profit enterprise’s success is due as much from generous time put in by volunteers as the plentiful donations and customers supporting it, says the organization’s president Frank Elias (front right).

Blessings from bargains

Sales of donated items at the MCC Thrift Shop in Carman this year generate $240,000 for Mennonite Central Committee’s international relief, development and peace work

Stella Wiebe has cut up about 4,000 pairs of blue jeans for quilt blocks over the years. But that’s certainly not the only thing she’s done during her long stint volunteering with Carman Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop. She’s been volunteering with the non-profit enterprise since its start, and today is still among its


Ag Days charitable giving deadline nears

Application deadline is Nov. 15

Ag Days is reminding eligible organizations and individuals the application deadline for its annual giving program is drawing near. Non-profit groups and Assiniboine Community College agribusiness students have until Nov. 15 to apply for the 2018 Manitoba Ag Days Gives Back community giving program and an annual scholarship program. Up to $27,000 is awarded each

Heritage Co-op’s Marketplace on Richmond drew the lunch crowd in Brandon for one of several FCC Drive Away Hunger events the company has on the schedule this month.

Manitobans sign up to Drive Away Hunger

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) hopes to add at least five million 
meals’ worth of support to Canada’s food banks through its 
over-month-long Drive Away Hunger campaign

Combines may be busy on the field, but Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is occupied with a different kind of harvest. This year marks 14 years of FCC’s Drive Away Hunger campaign, a joint fundraising and food drive held nationally by FCC each fall in support of Food Banks Canada. The program launched Sept. 6 and