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Pamela Burdine
(800) 728-7228, x5839
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100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202

A woman stands in a corn field

Bev Abma took a trip to an FRB project in Malawi in early 2009, returning with photos of hope on the faces of community members finding hope out of chaos. Photo courtesy Bev Abma.

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

Photo of a combine pouring corn into a truck

Crops are harvested in an Illinois growing project. Photo by Debbie Dennis.

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.


Example

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.


Internationally

A woman tends to her garden

A Malawi community member works hard toward self-sustainance. Photo by Bev Abma.

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.


Resources

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.

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PHP Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

PDA Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

In a One Great Hour of Sharing Joint Meeting, The PDA Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with PHP Advisory Committee and the SDOP Steering Committee March 30 – April 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discussions will include the work and vision of each department, long term Presbyterian involvement, issues and generative thinking.  A mission site tour will be made, followed individual committee meetings, and PHP will visit grant partner, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative of Louisiana.

PDA Advisory Committee

Oct. 8 - 10, 2014

PDA Advisory Committee meets October 8–10 in Louisville.

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