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Members of area churches gather for Growing Project event at Wolfsville

Food shipped to fight hunger in the world

Food shipped to fight hunger in the world

June 26, 2008

More than 100 people gathered on a Sunday afternoon to celebrate their partnership in the 2008 Grossnickle Growing Project at a farm near Wolfsville, Md.

Now in its third year, the project is supported by seven churches: Grossnickle, Hagerstown, Welty, Harmony, Beaver Creek, and Myersville Churches of the Brethren, and the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Middletown.

The service included sharing an update of last year's program in Zambia, and an overview of the program in Democratic Republic of Congo that this year's dollars will help fund. There were also prayers, songs and meditations for the hungry in the world and for a bountiful local crop to raise money to fund programs to help them feed themselves. The service was followed by a hayride and strawberry and homemade ice cream social.

Growing Projects are the means by which Foods Resource Bank funds its overseas programs. FRB is a Christian organization whose goal is to engage the grassroots agricultural community in the U.S., along with individuals, churches and urban communities, to grow solutions to hunger problems in the world. FRB seeks to participate in helping to alleviate hunger in developing countries by working to establish food security through sustainable development activities. Food security is achieved "when all persons at all times have the physical and economic access to enough food to provide the nutrients they need for productive, active and healthy lives."

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FRB helps to achieve this mission by forming a coalition in the U.S. of mission- minded farmers, along with agricultural business people, supported monetarily by individuals, churches and communities. A crop is raised, and the proceeds from the produce are donated to FRB for overseas programming.

There are more than 200 Growing Projects across the U.S., supporting more than 50 food sustainability programs around the world.

The Grossnickle Growing Project has supported programs in Kenya and Zambia in past years and has raised a total of more than $40,000 for these programs. All of the money raised goes directly to the overseas program; administrative costs of FRB are funded through other sources. For more information, call Grossnickle Church at 301-293-9516 or Patty Hurwitz at 301-293-1736, or visit the FRB Web site at www.foodsresourcebank.org.

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