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Food assistance program has global impact: Foodgrains Bank

Grow Hope Saskatchewan provides emergency food assistance around the world.
Michelle and Brian Hergott
Grow Hope Saskatchewan participants Michelle and Brian Hergott on their farm near Bruno.

SASKATOON – As Grow Hope Saskatchewan launches its fifth growing season, Rick Block, regional representative with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, says the initiative invites urban and rural dwellers to learn about farming and the collective responsibility to be good stewards of our resources – but there is a global impact too. 

“Funds raised through the grain-growing project are used to support people around the world who need emergency food assistance, as well as improving long-term food security,” Block says. “Grow Hope Saskatchewan is a tangible way for productive land in Saskatchewan to have a direct and positive impact for many around the world who do not have access to food,” he says. 

Michelle Hergott, a Grow Hope farmer near Bruno, says farmers have been gifted great abundance. Grow Hope Saskatchewan provides them an opportunity to share their passion. 

“We are farmers and Grow Hope gives us the opportunity to help those in need while doing what we love to do,” she says. “Do you also feel a call within your heart to help this great organization to feed the world?” she asks. 

Like Hergott, Block invites urban and rural people in Saskatchewan to help feed the world.

“Folks are invited to sponsor an acre for $350, which can result in proceeds up to $500 from the sale of that crop. This in turn may be matched four to one through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s Partnership with Global Affairs Canada,” says Block.