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The Global Food Initiative (GFI) is the primary way that the Church of the Brethren assists hungry people in developing food security. Since 1983, GFI (formerly Global Food Crisis Fund) has raised over $8,000,000 for community development projects in numerous countries around the globe. Read (and share!) the latest GFI newsletter or take a look at the list of 2015 allocations, 2014 allocations, 2013 allocations, 2012 allocations or 2011 allocations.

Pastor Martin Hutchison of Community of Joy Church of the Brethren

GFI seeks to:

  • invest in small-scale economic development
  • join efforts to improve diet and health practices
  • champion soil conservation
  • promote awareness-raising and advocacy on hunger issues.

This work is made possible through your contributions. We encourage you to participate with us by:

  • praying that those who are hungry may have food
  • giving an individual contribution
  • participating in our ongoing "My 2¢ Worth" fundraiser (contact GFI for questions or materials)
  • taking an offering for GFI at your congregation or camp
  • giving a one-time donation or memorial in honor of a loved one.

Your support of the Global Food Initiative upholds the biblical command to lift the burden of the oppressed. Moreover it honors God, for as stated in Proverbs 14:31, “Kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.”

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Global Food Initiative news


Global Food Initiative announces new name for continuing program, new gardening grants (June 24, 2016)

Global Food Initiative (GFI) has been announced as the new name for the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF). The program of the former GFCF continues under the new name, and with a new logo and a redesigned website. Read more »


Community gardeners converge in Wisconsin to discuss their work (May 27, 2016)

Earlier this month, gardeners converged on Wisconsin from many corners of the country to discuss their work and dream about the next phase of the Going to the Garden initiative. Gardeners hailed from New Mexico, Alaska, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. Read more »


Funding is made available for hosting ‘12 Baskets and a Goat,’ among other grants (May 27, 2016)

New funding has been made available for congregations to host performances of the original play by Ted and Co. Theaterworks that benefits Heifer International, called “12 Baskets and a Goat.” The total allocation of $10,000 comes jointly from the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) and the Office of the General Secretary. Read more »


GFCF grants support church projects in Illinois, Maryland, Spain, Honduras (April 29, 2016)

Recent grants from the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) are providing support to Church of the Brethren-related projects in Illinois, Maryland, Spain, and Honduras. The four grants total $28,456. Read more »


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