Every year, some farmers in our area grow a crop for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. When the profits come in, they're sent off to help farmers in developing countries around the world.
Now, the group wants the federal government to step up its support for the battle against world hunger and they're asking for your support.
"We know that many people support this program, but often when we talk to Members of Parliament, to the Prime Minister's office, they say well, we're not so sure that this has a lot of support out there," remarked Foodgrains Bank Executive Director Jim Cornelius. "This is one way for us to facilitate Canadians sharing with their elected government that they support efforts to end global hunger."
"Rather than criticising what governments are doing, we're saying we support this and we're trying to mobilise people to send a very positive message that as Canadians, they're doing their part and also want to see us doing this collectively through the International Aid Program," he continued.
Figures from Foodgrains Bank show more than 800 million people around the world go to bed hungry every night, while just 1.7 per cent of the federal budget goes to international aid.
"The proportion of the world's population that is hungry has gone down dramatically over the last 20-30 years," noted Cornelius. "We're seeing tremendous progress being made in many areas around the world in terms of reducing hunger. Unfortunately, the last two years that progress has been halted, largely due to conflict, but we're hoping that can get turned around."
Pre-addressed postcards to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can be ordered through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank website.