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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.

Landscapes art show

The Landscapes 2016 show, which will continue until October 31, features artwork from 13 countries. Global Food Initiative received a donation of 10% of the entry fees. Click above to see the beautiful artwork helping to support us!

David Young of Capstone 118, GFI partner in New Orleans

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 supports medical training for Brethren in DR, cultural/garden exchanges (October 13, 2016)

The Global Food Initiative (formerly the Global Food Crisis Fund) issued a grant of $660 for representatives of Iglesia de los Hermanos (the Church of the Brethren in the Dominican Republic) to travel to Santiago, DR, for a week of training with Medical Ambassadors International. Other recent grants support cultural/garden exchanges partnering indigenous communities in Lybrook, N.M., and Circle, Alaska. Read more »

Gardening project continues to enrich nutrition for Alaskan communities (September 16, 2016)

This was our tenth summer of traveling to Alaska to encourage, teach, and promote vegetable gardening. Bill went to Circle at the beginning of April, six weeks earlier than the usual mid-May arrival, hoping to make this year the most beneficial and successful yet. Read more »

Global Food Initiative supports water workshops, farmer training, soybean training (August 6, 2016)

Grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative (formerly Global Food Crisis Fund) support water workshops and farmer training in Burundi, and the attendance by a group from Liberia at a training event at the Soybean Innovation Lab in Ghana. Read more »

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 »

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