Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Brethren tackle growing projects for Foods Resource Bank.

The Church of the Brethren is cultivating 17 growing projects for the Foods Resource Bank this season. The church relates to the Foods Resource Bank through the Global Food Crisis Fund of the Church of the Brethren General Board.

Sponsoring groups include 24 congregations, a camp, and a retirement community. Nine congregational sponsors are new to the program. The projects are located in nine states. In two ventures--Reno-McPherson County in Kansas, and Grossnickle/Hagerstown/Welty/Harmony in Maryland-the harvest is winter wheat, a first among Brethren growing projects. Another first for Brethren this season are fields of popcorn, the growing project of the Cherry Grove, Dixon, and Lanark congregations in Illinois.

In six of the projects, Brethren have enlisted neighboring churches from other communions as partners. The partners include United Presbyterian, United Methodist, Church of God, United Church of Christ, Lutheran, and independent churches.

--Howard Royer is manager of the Global Food Crisis Fund for the General Board.

Source: 7/18/2007 Newsline

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