The seventh consecutive year of the Lone Tree growing project has yielded a generous harvest for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Harvesting equipment completed field work this afternoon on the 150 acre field donated by John Wright. All the inputs for the project were donated by local companies, while a wide array of equipment was utilized and volunteer time donated to harvest the crop.
Dave Meier Regional Coordinator Saskatchewan for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank attended the harvest work party, noting this is one of a series of generous projects across the region. In addition to the Lone Tree Foodgrains Bank project there are other efforts in Stewart Valley, Wymark, Leader, Golden Prairie, Eston, Kindersley.
"This neck of the woods is a very large supporter of the Foodgrains Bank," he admitted. "Its been a very good supporting area for the Foodgrains Bank over the years."
Each individual project has a long reaching impact by providing food or money to provide support to projects in third world countries.
"Every project like this probably effects over 5,000 people. When I say that it probably gives 5,000 people food for six months, when you take the matching funds from the government on the food shipments."
Last year the Canadian Foodgrains Bank raised a record total of $15.8 million, helping over 2.1 million people through support of 160 projects in 36 countries around the world.
Meier is always impressed by the support donated to Foodgrains Bank projects.
"It shows me that humanity really does care about their neighbour, and they're not satisfied that 28,000 people die every day because they didn't have enough food to eat. This isn't feeding them all, but it's making a different to a lot of people," he said.
"If everybody did a little bit, we could wipe out poverty. It's not that there's not enough food to go around, it's a matter of distribution and getting it to the people."
"Communities like this that come out and do this just show that they're concerned about hungry people in the world."