Foods Resource Bank
Millions of people around the world struggle to provide basic food staples for their families. Many of the regions have been affected by drought, flooding, or other disasters, and in some regions of the world, the situation is critical.
One of the ways PDA addresses the food crises is through the Foods Resource Bank (FRB).
FRB — modeled after the successful Canadian Foodgrains Bank — was established with the commitment that food is a basic right and that God intends for all to have enough to eat.
FRB is focused on farmers and farming communities who set aside acreage as growing projects in order to sell the crop and give the proceeds to promote programs of hunger relief and sustainable agriculture in countries of need.
In the United States
Presbyterians in the United States are invited to partner with faith-based, civic, farming, urban or business communities and participate in a growing project. These growing projects generate funds to support overseas programs of hunger relief, sustainable agriculture and food security.
An urban-based congregation might offer its financial gift to purchase seeds, while a farmer dedicates a field for the growing project and members of other congregations participate in harvesting the produce. All proceeds are gived towards an international FRB project. The funds can be designated by the U.S. participants to be used in a specific country or to be used where most needed.
The overseas programs support families in countries where disaster, whether natural or human-caused, has impacted food security. FRB projects “help people help themselves” through creating sustainable smallholder food production systems. These might include training, locally acquired or constructed seed, tools, water wells and reservoirs, drip irrigation, or animals — whatever is most helpful to the communities working toward producing their own food.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has projects in Malawi and Democratic Republic of Congo which are supported through Foods Resource Bank growing projects.PC(USA) partners are working in these countries to strengthen local capacity and build resilience to disasters.
Malawi: from Famine to Food Security, a DVD to help share the story of hope in Malawi, can be ordered by emailing us.
Planting Love, Harvesting Hope – a brochure introducing the FRB program is available in the church store, or by calling PDS at (800) 524-2612 and asking for PDS# 74340-05-005. Free.