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Local churches' Growing Project helping to feed world's hungry

July 13, 2010

Like to learn about doing something here to help people who are scratching out an existence in another part of the world?

The Growing Project, locally an annual harvest of crops on farmland near Myersville, Md., is urging area residents to attend the annual meeting of Foods Resource Bank in Gaithersburg, Md., this week.

The July 13 to 15 meeting kicks off at 7 tonight with an ice cream social at the Marriott Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center.

On Wednesday, the keynote address will be given by David Beckmann, 2010 World Food Price Laureate and director of Bread for the World.

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For more information, call Patty Hurwitz at 301-471-7810 or the Grossnickle Church at 301-293-9516. Admission is free.

Locally, the Growing Project is supported by six Churches of the Brethren: Grossnickle, Myersville, Harmony, Welty, Hagerstown and Beaver Creek, as well as Christ Reformed UCC and Holy Family Catholic Church, both in Middletown, Md.

Each year, these churches and communities grow corn, wheat and hay on farmland donated for the project.

Proceeds from the sale of the crops are donated to Foods Resource Bank and designated for one of their 50 overseas programs to help poor communities there.

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