It’s become a tradition that in the first week of November, a Foodgrains Charity Auction is hosted by the Fellowship Community Church (FCC) and friends. On Thursday, November 8 this year’s event was held in Waskada at the FCC with an excellent turnout. It all starts with a delicious soup/bun/dessert supper made possible volunteers and their generous donations of food. Souris River Hutterite Colony are huge supporters of this project as well — as they bring, buns, meat and cheese for the supper and a large assortment of items for the auction — many of which are beautifully homemade.
Dan Meggison introduced Gordon Janzen, regional representative Manitoba Foodgrains Bank — branch of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB). Janzen gave a brief history of the CFB. “The CFB has 15 member agencies (Christian churches) and its motto is “Working together to end global hunger”. One of the ongoing projects is in Syria. The following is a quote from Breaking Bread – CFB pamphlet — “The Foodgrains Bank, through its members, began responding to the Syrian conflict in 2012. Since then, we have committed over$50 million toward providing emergency food to Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan, as well as the households within Syria itself. Some families receive emergency food through the Foodgrains Bank for only one month, while other families have been receiving food since the beginning the conflict. In total, 791,500 food basket of food couches have been delivered since the start of the conflict.”
“I have been working at this position for a year and this is my first time in Waskada. It is great to see this event happening. It is encouraging to see so many people coming together in support of FGB. For a few years the number of hungry was decreased but the bad news is that number is increasing — the United Nations reports an increase for the first time in man years. There are 821 million people hungry or malnourished for various reasons — poverty, conflict, tyranny, weather, etc. The good news is the Canadian government continues to give up to 25 million to match donations at 4-1.”
Janzen asks that people consider the Post Card Campaign – by filling out and mailing a post card to the government asking them to increase its overseas development assistance. “The problem is this aid is going down, so we need to encourage the government to increase this budget – to make it a priority. This campaign will tell the government that Canadian do care and we want our country to be generous.”
In conclusion, Janzen thanked the organizers — Fellowship Community Church, Harvest Community Church and Souris Valley Colony, all the volunteers and all in attendance for making this project an annual success.
Following Janzen’s presentation, the auction got underway with Peter Downey very capably handling the auctioneering duties. He was assisted by Rick Schoonbaert, Teagan Nestibo and George Gervin. There was a great variety of items such as: baking, toys, knitted, crocheted and sewing items, beautifully crafted doll clothes, Tupperware, homemade mitts, quilts, wooden tables, pictures, plaques, Christmas décor, wheelbarrow and so much more! It’s a lot of fun visiting and bidding and so rewarding to raise money to feed the hungry. The total raised this year was just shy of $14,000. Well done everyone!