This is a commentary by Nathan Stevens of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and one of the ways that the organization is celebrating is by partnering with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Members of the organization are commemorating this milestone by sharing their blessings with the many people in this world who are so much less fortunate than us living in Ontario.
The CFFO has partnered with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an organization that is well-recognized for its passion to end global hunger. For thirty years, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank does this by collecting grain and cash donations, providing expert advice and engaging in public policy and education activities related to hunger and food security. Their work is helping Canadians to more deeply engage in dealing with the issue of hunger.
What begin as a project to organize 60 acres for 60 years has grown as CFFO members across the province have donated more than 140 acres of land on which 100 per cent of the crops will be grown for the Foodgrains Bank, with all the proceeds going towards ending global hunger. In addition to the land being donated, members are also volunteering their equipment and time throughout the growing season. Many other inputs have been provided by other industry partners, including seed dealers and fertilizer companies, for which we are truly grateful.
From my perspective, backing up our words about caring for the world and being good stewards and caring neighbours is hollow without adding action to back it up. Our deeds are essential to be a good example in the community. We know that many members of CFFO, along with many others in the agricultural community, are involved in other foodgrains projects across this province. Thank you to all of you who give your time and effort to help make the world a better place in which to live.