The Foods Resource Bank in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has announced a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand its program to alleviate world hunger through preventive grassroots initiatives.
FRB does not implement food security programs but rather coordinates the efforts of faith-based, civic, farming, urban, and business communities to identify and fund projects that allow communities to feed themselves. FRB members, which include most mainstream Christian denominations, propose, implement, monitor, complete, and report on all programs implemented in developing countries directly by an FRB member or a proven indigenous partner. FRB's primary focus in the United States is to help local leaders create community "growing projects" in which individual farmers donate their time, equipment, and experience. The resulting crop — usually corn, soybeans, or wheat — is sold on the U.S. market, and cash proceeds are used to implement food security and poverty eradication programs worldwide.
"Three things most impressed us about FRB's philosophy," said Rick Foster, the Kellogg Foundation's vice president for programs. "First, its emphasis on education and sustainable impact on people's lives; second, its attempt to build charitable infrastructure in our own country; and third, its potential to foster cross-national understanding."