2014 Canadian Foodgrains
MILLION DOLLAR MILESTONE
Members and friends of Oneida United Church gathered recently to celebrate reaching a Million Dollar Milestone in their ongoing growing project with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, in partnership with Westdale UC in Hamilton and Ryerson UC in Ancaster.
Starting in 2002 with an 11 acre plot on the Wodskou farm we grew crops of corn, wheat and beans in rotation. We now use a 15 acre field donated by Lee Metcalfe of Harwell Farms, along with 4.5 acres between the church and the cemetery on Oneida 2nd Line.
Funds raised by the 3 congregations cover inputs, and local farmers donate their time, labour and machinery. Harvested crops are sold locally and money received is sent to the CFGB headquarters in Winnipeg. Ron Clark of Clark Enterprises, whose grandparents were active members of Oneida UC, matches our efforts with a donation equal to the amount for which our crop sold.
The generosity of all these partners has enabled us to send away $200,000 over the 14 years we have been involved. Add to this $800,000 when the Canadian Government matches our donation 4 to 1, and we are claiming that our little acreage is responsible for $1,000,000 going towards ending hunger throughout the world.
For more information about the Canadian Foodgrains – www.foodgrainsbank.ca